China food safety

Tired of bank IPOs? Food firms poised to spice up HKEx’s menu

Investors will soon see food companies listing instead of just banks and technology firms. Photo: Reuters

Investors bored with listings of mainland banks and technology firms in the past few years will soon find a new flavour in the Hong Kong stock market - several food and restaurant operators are queuing up to go public in the world's second-most sought-after listing destination after New York.

Thursday, 9 January, 2014, 5:03am

Eyes online, milk powder firms count cost of China probes

Mothers on the mainland have long been worried over the safety of infant formula, with concerns being aired on social media. Photo: AP

Global milk powder firms are scrutinising mainland social media reports up to four times a day to gauge consumer reaction to a high-profile pricing probe and food safety scare that threaten their squeaky-clean image in the US$14.5 billion Chinese market.

27 Aug 2013 - 4:51am

Soya bean imports revive fears in China about genetically modified food

Authorities have defended the safety of GM beans. Photo: Bloomberg

The Ministry of Agriculture's recent approval of imports of three new kinds of genetically modified soya bean has sparked concern over safety assessments and reignited debate on the mainland over the safety of GM food.

23 Jun 2013 - 2:05pm

Japan's tabloid press stir fears over food imports from China

A production line of instant noodles in a Wuhan food factory. Photo: EPA

Japan's tabloid press has trained its sights on imports of Chinese food, raising questions about the safety of ingredients and production processes. But Japanese officials have denied there are major problems, and said those that do occur are not specific to Chinese food.

29 May 2013 - 1:12am

Dutch authorities probe China link to baby milk shortages

Much-in-demand powdered baby milk formula, made by German company Milupa. Photo: EPA

The Dutch government yesterday ordered an investigation into persistent shortages of certain brands of baby formula, blamed on networks of traffickers who ship milk powder to China where it is sold at premium prices.

9 May 2013 - 2:44am

Rat meat sold as lamb in latest China food scandal

A meat market in Huaibei, Anhui. Photo: Reuters

A Jiangsu gang was caught passing off rat, fox and mink meat as mutton, just one of hundreds of cases of meat-related offences uncovered by the Ministry of Public Security recently.

7 May 2013 - 4:24pm 7 comments

Rat meat sold as lamb in Shanghai, police say

Buyers select pig carcasses to purchase for the morning food markets at a wholesale centre on the outskirts of Shanghai. Photo: EPA

If you have ordered lamb or mutton for hotpot in Shanghai over the last four years, you might have been served rat, fox or mink, the Ministry of Public Security said on Thursday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am