China’s FDA fines restaurants, markets for excessive chemical traces in seafood

Published on
December 8, 2017

Two high-end seafood restaurants in China have been hit with stiff fines by the country’s Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) after seafood on the premises tested positive for excessive presence of chemicals. 

A fine of CNY 10,000 (USD 1,510, EUR 1,280) was levied for excessive amounts of chloramphenicol and furacilinum found in seafood sampled at the Hai Bao Jiu Jia (“Seafood Treasure”) and Xin Cheng Hai Gang restaurants in the prosperous southern city of Zhongshan. 

The fines – high by local standards – and name-and-shame inspections suggest a tougher approach to restaurants from the CFDA, which is tasked with enforcing China’s food safety laws. The local CFDA office in Zhongshan also lists a series of seafood markets hit with fines for selling products with excessive malachite green oxalate – a carcinogenic fungicide and anti-bacterial agent frequently used by China’s aquaculture industry. Carp, tilapia and freshwater shrimp all tested for excessive traces of the chemical, according to a CFDA statement, which also named the markets and shops targeted.  

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