(Yicai Global) Jan. 16 -- Some 97 percent of spot check samples met China's food safety standards last year, the China Food and Drug Administration said.
The food watchdog conducted nationwide checks of 257,000 food sample batches in 2016, said Guo Wenqi, deputy head of the administration, at a press conference today. Some 96.8 percent of samples met quality standards, unchanged from 2015 levels, which were up 2.1 percentage points from 2014. Some 99.5 percent of dairy products met the required standards.
Pass rates for nine types of food, including fruit, eggs and seafood, rose each year between 2014 and 2016, Guo said.
Last year's spot checks highlighted eight main problems among substandard products. Excessive food additives made up 33.6 percent of sub-par samples. Products contaminated with microorganisms made up 30.7 percent and products containing pathogenic microorganisms made up 25.6 percent.