China has detected 15,000 cases of substandard food and shut down 5,700 unlicensed businesses since the beginning of 2012, the country’s state media outlet, Xinhua, has reported.
The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) told a press conference earlier this week that irregularities were discovered as a result of almost 10m food business inspections across China since the beginning of the year
Dairy products, edible oils, seasonal foods and alcoholic beverages were among the major food categories targeted by inspectors.
The announcement comes just days after the country’s Ministry of Health announced the introduction of more than 200 new national food safety standards under its latest five year food safety plan.
Many existing national and industry standards will be revamped or abolished through the new strategy.