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China blacklists 151 materials forbidden in food, feed


April 24, 2011 - Beijing

China has blacklisted 151 materials that are forbidden or abusable in food and feed over the past nine years, according to the country's food safety committee.

According to figures released by the committee, the materials include 47 inedible materials added illegally to food, 22 harmful food additives and 82 substances forbidden in feed and drinking water for animals.

The Government has posted these materials on the website of China's Health Ministry and the website of the Agriculture Ministry, Xinhua reports.

Tonyred, an industrial coloring agent, and ractopamine, which are used to promote leanness in pigs, are among the materials listed.

These moves came after a series of food safety scandals, including steamed buns dyed with unidentified chemicals, the use of "lean meat powder" and the use of illegal cooking oil known as "gutter oil," emerged despite Chinese authorities' efforts to revamp the country's food industry.

Earlier, Vice Premier Li Keqiang promised "a firm attitude, iron hand measures and more efforts" to deal with the problem of illegal use of additives in food.

According to Chinese law, criminals producing and selling toxic or hazardous food could face a penalty as severe as capital punishment.

ANI

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