Cabbage sellers spritz goods with formaldehyde in China
Chinese state media says cabbage sellers have been caught spritzing their product with formaldehyde to keep it fresh during long trips to market.
China has been hit by a string of food safety problems, including melamine-tainted milk and pork laced with a banned growth promoter.
The official Xinhua News Agency said Monday dozens of wholesale vegetable dealers in Shandong province's Qingzhou city were caught selling cabbage sprayed with formaldehyde.
It said the practice became widespread in the last three years, particularly in warmer months when vegetables were more likely to rot.
China's wholesale vegetable dealers are not required to use refrigerated trucks for produce and few can afford them.