Chinese beer has been given the all-clear by the South Korean authorities. Beer imported from China hit the headlines earlier this month following claims that it contained the preservative formaldehyde.

The (South) Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) said yesterday (26 July) that it found the formaldehyde content in Chinese beer to be much lower than the standard set by the World Health Organisation. Tests on the 13 brands of Chinese beer imported into the country found the average level of the preservative was 0.132 parts per million. The WHO has set a maximum level of 0.9 milligrams.

Beers imported into South Korea with a formaldehyde content of less than 0.9 mg per litre will in future be permitted into the country without the need for further documentation, the KFDA said, while those with levels between 0.9 mg and 2.0 mg will require documentation testifying that the formaldehyde was not added as part of the manufacturing process.