China's food industry has demonstrated a sustained growth trend since the 1980s; however, the years between 1980 and 2012 witnessed a worrisome food integrity situation. In recent years, the situation is improving after the Chinese government's implementation of food safety regulations. This paper analyses the national food spot check data in 2016 in order to understand the current status of food integrity in China. The data covers almost all kinds of food in the market, and it reveals that overuse of food additives, microbial contamination and subpar food quality indicators are the top three factors limiting food integrity. The illegal use of sweeteners, colourants and sulphites are also regarded as food authenticity problems. Additionally, the paper discusses other challenges that affect food integrity in China, and we make suggestions for improving food integrity.
Read the full paper at: Study on Spot Check Data in China