25 Nov '11, 9pm

China's lax new food-safety guideline turns stomachs

BEIJING - A new food-safety guideline issued by China's Ministry of Health, which allows for trace amounts of potentially life-threatening bacteria, came under fire by state-run media and netizens. The ministry issued its new standard on Thursday in response to the recent recalls of flash-frozen dumplings made by several major brands, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Dumplings from several manufacturers, including Henan-based Zhengzhou Sinian Food and Wanchai Ferry from Hong Kong, were pulled from store shelves over the past few months after they were found to be contaminated with staphylococcus aureus, or golden staph. The bacteria can cause anything from mild infections to life-threatening pneumonia and meningitis. Under the previous guidelines, food products found to contain golden staph must be recalled, but the new standards, which come into effect on Dec 21,...

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