It is not just U.S. consumers concerned about additives in their food. Consumers in China list concerns over excessive, and even illegal, additives in their food as a top concern in that country.
A six-month review from the China Consumer Association, the country’s consumer rights watchdog organization, saw more grievances than the same period last year. Chinese consumers are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the products and services they buy, with food safety one of their top concerns.
The consumer rights watchdog group reported that food safety offenses mostly involved poor product quality, especially for fresh produce and groceries bought online, illegal or excessive food additives, and a lack of Chinese language labeling and hygiene licenses for imported goods. About 68% of the 551,780 consumer complaints — up 5.7% from the same period last year — that the association received in the first half of 2022 were about food issues.
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Chinese milk producer Maiquer has been fined 73.15 million yuan ($10.73 million) by a local market supervision watchdog for excessive use of food additives.