inspectors have seized shipments of US-made orange pulp and dried apricots
containing high levels of bacteria and preservatives, the government said
Local departments have been ordered "to strengthen quarantine and inspections
on food imports from America," according to a notice announcing the seizures
posted on the Web site of the General Administration of Quality Supervision,
Inspection and Quarantine, China's main food safety monitor.
Importers have been asked to "make sure that food safety requirements are met
in contracts when importing US food so that trade risks are lowered," the notice
orange pulp and apricots were seized in the eastern province of Shandong and the
southern boomtown of Shenzhen, the notice said.
The pulp, from the Modern Skill Co. Ltd., and the fruit from Vacaville,
California-based Mariani Packing Company Inc., contained "excessive bacteria,
mold and sulfur dioxide," the notice said.
The safety administration notice said the pulp was still being processed but
that the apricots had been destroyed.
A man who answered the telephone at the safety administration said he had no
more details beyond what was on the Web site.
A security guard who answered the phone at Mariani Packing said the office
was closed and there was no immediate response to messages left seeking comment.
In recent months, US inspectors have banned or turned away a growing number
of Chinese exports containing high levels of toxins or potentially deadly
chemicals, including frozen fish, juice and toothpaste.
Earlier this month, inspectors in the ports of Ningbo and Shenzhen turned
away or destroyed shipments of health supplements and raisins because they said
the products did not meets safety standards.