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Health ministry limits bacteria in frozen food

By Yuan Yufei (Guangming Daily)

16:28, November 28, 2011

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

China's Ministry of Health released new national safety standards for quick-frozen flour and rice products, including dumplings, wontons, steamed buns, rice dumplings, rice balls and other quick-frozen foods. The new standard will take effect on Dec. 21, 2011, and enterprises must operate in accordance with the new standard.

In response to public concerns about staphylococcus aureus content, the new standard has revised the regulation released in 2003 that allowed 100 grams to 1,000 grams of the bacteria in cooked foods and 1,000 grams to 10,000 grams in raw foods. Under the new standard, food will be rejected if any this bacteria is detected

Other modifications include adjusting the content limit of salmonella, deleting provisions about shigella and canceling indicators for mildew.

Zhang Xudong, director of the Food Safety Comprehensive Coordination and Health Supervision Bureau under the ministry, said it was incorrect to say that only 23 percent of China's food safety standards comply with international standards. In fact, China is speeding up the planning and development of national food safety standards and 70 percent of China's food contaminant standards meet international standards.

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