China outlaws substances including boric acid, formaldehyde from food

12/16/2008 | Google

In the wake of a major health scandal over milk contaminated with melamine, China has banned 17 substances from use as food additives. The action is part of a four-month safety campaign, and substances to be banned include boric acid, used as an insecticide or flame retardant and also known to be added to noodles or dumplings, and formaldehyde, added to dried seafood to improve its appearance.

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