Chinese People who were born in the 1980s and 1990s were familiar with cheap snacks sold in the street venders. Such snacks were often sold at 0.5 yuan and there were no production date, expiration date and other information on the package. Such snacks still exist now and people often call them “Wumao Snacks” which means snacks sold for 0.5 yuan.
Although wumao snacks are still popular among students, Beijing is cleaning the wumao snacks in the city in consideration of food security.
Beijing has investigated and suspended two manufactories that produce wumao snacks, first branch of Beijing Xiangfulong Food Co., Ltd and Beijing Huafei Food Co., Ltd, whose products have no clear labels and whose warehouse failed to meet the requirements. The two companies were also involved in producing food that labeled with unsafe ingredients.
Some wumao food, such as fruit jelly, puffed food and beverages are even cheaper. They often sell for 0.2 to 0.3 yuan. Currently, Shuitun Market, Baliqiao Market, Shimen Market, Dayanglu Market and Sanqi Baihui Market are required to remove all the wumao snacks by Beijing Food and Drug Administration.
Zhang Weimin, director of risk management department at Beijing Food and Drug Administration said that wumao snacks contain dehydroacetic acid, benzoic acid, acesulfame potassium, saccharin sodium and other forbidden additives. Now Beijing is investigating 4,896 venders and markets near schools to ensure the food safety for youth.