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04 March 2024

China says food safety situation has improved but remains grim

A Chinese worker checks ingredients in milk products in a lab in Hohhot.  China's food industry still suffers from the use of dangerous illegal additives, a health official said, vowing to widen a national crackdown to stop the practice. (AP)

China’s Health Ministry says the food safety situation is still grim although some improvements have been made in the wake of a scandal last year that killed at least six babies and made another 300,000 sick.

It said in a statement on Monday that ‘at present, China’s food security situation remains grim, with high risks and contradictions popping out.’

The comments come after China’s legislature enacted a tough food safety law Saturday, promising tougher penalties for makers of tainted products in the wake of scandals that exposed serious flaws in monitoring of the nation’s food supply.