Looks like formaldehyde isn’t limited to frogs in Bio class or White Rabbit Candies. Health inspectors recently found that over 30% of Shenzhen’s “supposedly tested” noodles contain unregulated additives like formaldehyde, benzoic acid, “sunset yellow,” and other wonderful chemicals. The Nanfang Insider reports:
Of the 99 sellers of wet noodles and Hoh Fun (flat white noodles) inspected, 34 sellers broke regulation, mostly by adding food additives.
Six were found to have food additives including borax (four cases), formaldehyde (two cases); preservatives including benzoic acid (22 cases), dehydrogenated acid, and sorbic acid; food coloring was also found that included lemon yellow (9 cases), and sunset yellow. Three cases were found to have both additives of benzoic acid and lemon yellow.
The inspection covered 21 farmer’s markets located in Luohu, Futian, Nanshan, Bao’an, Longgang, Longhua New District, and Guangming New District, and was carried out from end of March to beginning of April of this year.
However, as far as preservative violations go, noodles with formalin is pretty tame. Compare this to a recent bust of a Nanjing ring that soaked pigs feet in bleach (we assume they used Clorox 2 for the dark ones), or the case of workshops using paraffin wax to disguise pork as beef. Or whatever cryogenic chambers they used to keep those chicken feet intact from the Cultural Revolution until now.