China rejected the importation of 37.8 tons of frozen orange juice concentrate from PepsiCo Inc. after the product failed quality inspections for containing high levels of yeast.
According to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China, the juice, shipped from PepsiCo’s Guangzhou arm in Brazil, failed Chinese inspections in July.
Tuesday PepsiCo China announced that the company had returned the frozen juice to its supplier.
China also rejected a number of other American imports in July after a series of failed inspections. The government rejected General Mills Inc. snacks that contained mold and frozen pig’s feet supplied by Tyson’s Foods Inc. after finding they contained a drug that is banned in China.
Infant formula produced by Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. was also rejected after failing to meet Chinese minimum protein requirements.
The string of import refusals comes as legislation meant to reform the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) oversight of food safety makes its way through Congress.
The House passed a food safety bill in late July and the Senate is expected to consider a similar bill before Christmas. Both bills would increase FDA oversight over foreign food firms.
China’s legislature passed the nation’s first food safety law and created an enforcement commission last February after a melamine milk scandal that sickened 300,000 children and caused the deaths of six infants.
Photo courtesy of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China (AQSIQ). Pictured: Minister of AQSIQ Wang Yong, center, recognizes inspectors at Fujian Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau.