Analysis of the Notification of National Supervision and Random Inspection of Food-related Product Quality in 2019

On January 16, 2020, State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) released the results of spot checks in 2019 of food-related products. 3110 batches of composite film bag and other 24 types of food-related products produced by 3097 enterprises were checked. Among them, 2 batches of them are still in the process of objection. And 6 batches of them have been transferred to the local market supervision department because of unlicensed production, over-range production, and fraudulent information of factory. For the quality inspection of the left 3102 batches of food-related products from 3089 enterprises, there were 151 batches of disqualified products with a percentage of 4.9%.

The inspection of food contact materials and products, taking composite film bags as an example, focuses on sensory indicators, evaporation residues (total migration), potassium permanganate consumption, heavy metals (as Pb), toluene diamine (4%(v/v) acetic acid), and other mandatory indicators, as well as total solvent residues, benzene solvent residues, total microorganisms, total bacterial count, coliforms, pathogenic bacteria (referred to as intestinal pathogenic bacteria, pathogenic cocci), mold, barrier performance (Oxygen), barrier performance (water vapor), heat seal strength and other recommended indicators for spot inspection and testing.

Table 1. Summary of inspection results

No.

Product Type

Inspection Batch

Disqualified Batch

Percentage (%)

Unqualified Items

1

Composite film bag

600

8

1.3

Evaporation residue (total migration), total solvent residue, barrier performance (oxygen), barrier performance (water vapor)

2

Non-composite film bag

400

12

3.0

Barrier performance (oxygen), barrier performance (water vapor), heat seal strength

3

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles

181

0

0

/

4

Plastic baby bottles for infants

60

0

0

/

5

Polycarbonate (PC) drinking water tank

30

0

0

/

6

Plastic cup

75

0

0

/

7

Plastic bottle cap

98

0

0

/

8

Melamine plastic tableware

80

8

10.0

Pollution resistance

9

Plastic single-use tableware

160

0

0

/

10

Plastic cutting board

30

0

0

/

11

Paper and paperboard materials for food packaging

120

1

0.8

Edge penetration

12

Paper cup

156

23

14.7

Sensory indicators, cup stiffness, leakage performance

13

Food contact paper container

179

14

7.8

Compressive strength, leakage performance, temperature resistance test, rapid leak test

14

Glass wine bottle

150

2

1.3

Impact resistance, inner surface water resistance (inner surface water erosion resistance)

15

Glass bottle for food

40

1

2.5

Inner surface water resistance (inner surface water erosion resistance)

16

Glassware in contact with food

74

5

6.8

98 ℃ water resistance (glass particles water resistance, water resistance)

17

Stainless steel vacuum cup

20

1

5.0

Thermal insulation performance, impact resistance

18

Stainless steel tableware

90

0

0

/

19

Aluminum and aluminum alloy non-stick pan

20

0

0

/

20

Pressure cooker

20

3

15.0

Working pressure, relief pressure, breaking pressure

21

Industrial and commercial electric heating food processing equipment

79

27

34.2

Protection against live parts, grounding measures, power connections and external flexible cords, stability and mechanical hazards, structure, input power and current, screws and connections, abnormal operation, leakage current and electrical strength at operating temperature

22

Industrial and commercial electric food processing equipment

60

28

46.7

Protection against live parts, grounding measures, power connections and external flexible cords, stability and mechanical hazards, structure, screws and connections, abnormal operation, leakage current and electrical strength

23

Dishwashing detergent

220

13

5.9

Formaldehyde (formaldehyde content), total active content (total active (or effective) content), total bacterial count

24

Disposable bamboo and wooden chopsticks

160

5

3.1

Mold, leaching amount of sulfur dioxide

For details, please refer to the report of the SAMR on the state supervision and random inspection of food-related products in 2019.

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