A regular inspection last month by the Ministry of Agriculture
showed that food quality in 37 major cities has improved after a
four-month promotional campaign, the ministry said on Friday.
The nationwide inspection of vegetables, pork and aquatic
products found acceptance rates had risen since August when the
campaign was launched.
The inspection found that:
- 95.3 percent of the country's vegetables were safe in terms of
- 98.4 percent of meat products were up to scratch with regard
to residues of clenobuterol hydrochloride, a drug some farmers used
to put in pig feed but which is now banned due to the damage it can
cause to the human heart.
- 99.8 percent of aquatic products were free of chloramphenicol,
and 95.7 percent were free from malachite green, both of which are
banned fish food supplements.
- No pork products in Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai and 25 other
cities were polluted with banned drugs.
- Aquatic products in seven cities including Beijing, Tianjin
and Guangzhou were also found to be safe from illegal drugs.
The ministry, which carries out five regular food safety
inspections a year, attributed the achievements to its four-month
It said in a news release that all 676 agricultural wholesale
markets in large and medium cities have now been put under
surveillance, up from 479 in September.
Five kinds of pesticides that the ministry banned for their high
toxicity have been seized and destroyed.
The ministry also issued six regulations on pesticide registry
management to standardize labeling and control product
"Thanks to the campaign, public awareness of agricultural
product quality and food safety has been strengthened," the news
The ministry said it will follow up the campaign by cracking
down on fake agricultural supplies and develop a network that gives
farmers access to authentic and good-quality agricultural
(China Daily December 29, 2007)