Snack Attack: Know Your Labels

Navigate your way easily through food safety

by SHFamily | Fri, March 30, 2018

On and off over the last few years, food scandals have dominated international headlines – to the point where the word “food” alone can seemingly spell “danger.” So how can you be certain that what you and your family are eating and drinking is the real deal? A simple way is to learn how to read the labels on the food you buy.

Organic labels

Many families turn to organic options to make sure that the food they’re eating is free of harmful additives. But how can you tell if a product is really organic? This is one example of what an organic label looks like:

Many labels will include a QR code that you can scan to check the authenticity. Once you scan it on your phone, you’ll be directed to a screen with information including the name of the certification agency, the certification number and the type of certification.

If your organic label doesn’t have a QR code, simply visit: food.cnca.cn to check its authenticity.

QS labels

By law, all foods manufactured in China – destined for the domestic market – have to carry a QS label. This label shows that the food producer has been inspected by China’s FDA and has the correct space, equipment and processes for cutting, preparing, processing and packaging food.

Manufacturing and expiry dates

In order to eat safely, you also need to be able to read the manufacturing and expiry dates correctly. Labels on most pantry items and dry goods carry both; “生产日期” is the date of manufacture, and “保质 日期” is the date of expiry.

If you buy a product that doesn’t have a QS label, or you’re suspicious of an organic label, put pressure on the company you bought it from to explain why.

Provided by online grocery store FIELDS (fieldschina.com)