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China's health ministry defends controversial food safety standard

(Xinhua)

08:57, November 25, 2011

BEIJING, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- In response to public suspicion stoked by recent dumpling contamination scandals, China's Ministry of Health on Thursday said the new food safety standard for flash-frozen dumplings did not show signs of leniency.

The Ministry introduced the new food safety standard on flash-frozen dough or rice products on Thursday.

The Ministry has been accused of loosening scrutiny over a disease-generating bacteria in such foods, staphylococcus aureus, or golden staph, which can cause various diseases, including pneumonia and sepsis, and is sometimes life-threatening.

The controversy became particularly relevant after several major brands of frozen dumplings have been successively recalled in recent months.

In October, a Henan-based company, Zhengzhou Sinian Food Co., Ltd, confirmed the contamination of golden staph in its flash-frozen seafood- and pork-stuffed dumplings.

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