All imported Chinese beer into South Korea has been recalled by the country's food watchdog, according to press reports. Asia Pulse said today (11 July) that the country's authorities have recalled all beer imported from China amid reports of a harmful substance conatined in the beer.

Recent press stories from China have suggested that formaldehyde, a carcinogenic chemical, was being used to remove deposited material in the drink. A report alleged that up to 95% of all Chinese beer contains formaldehyde at levels as high as six times the 0.2 milligramme per litre recommendation in China's food safety law.

The Korea Food and Drug Administration has subsequently instructed the recall. The watchdog plans to conduct tests on the recalled beer, Asia Pulse said.