“Shocking! A lab test by German lab Co-Test has found that the popular chili sauce Laoganma sold in supermarkets in China contained multiple cancer causing agents. ”
Instantly, rumours have been widely circulated on the internet – including Chinese social media WeChat, with some providing charts outlining the lab test results. “The product was evaluated at level ‘D’ for quality”, it claimed.
Laoganma is a highly favored food product in the Chinese community that are found virtually in all Chinese homes. Chinese News has investigated the rumour by contacting the CFIA – the Canadian Food and Inspection Agency, asking whether the agency has been aware of the German lab testing, and whether a similar testing has been conducted on the food product imported from China.
Had the German lab testing found a food product sold in China tainted with cancer causing agents, a product alert would have been sent to the food authorities in the countries that have imported the product.
However, CFIA’s email in responding to the inquiry indicated that the agency has not been made aware of any issue with Laoganma from either the German or Chinese authority.
“The CFIA has not been made aware of any issue with the sauce from the authorities in Germany or in China, therefore has not investigated this issue,” the agency said in the email.
“It is the responsibility of the person selling the food in Canada to ensure that it complies with all Canadian laws and regulations. Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) inspectors work to verify that products meet these requirements. ”
“Regardless of country of origin, if the CFIA identifies products that do not meet regulatory requirements, enforcement action is taken. Enforcement action can take on a number of forms, including recall.”
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