The U.S. is not the only Western nation with growing concerns about the safety of food and other products arriving in massive quantities from China.

Officials in Sweden say imported food from China is posing a risk to public health.

During the first five months of the year, Sweden’s National Food Administration was made aware of 138 cases within the EU of food imported from China that was not fit for consumption. That’s a marked increase over last year at the same time when the figure was 88.

Examples included food containing banned colorings, antibiotics, preservatives and pesticides. There were also cases of illegally imported, unclean or foul-smelling food, as well as products with high levels of heavy metals, poisonous mold and dioxins, reported Svenska Dagbladet.

The rise is said to highlight the disadvantages of food products being checked at the EU’s outer borders. Tests for additives such as vitamins and minerals are rare.

“There’s no doubt that food imports from China are a big problem,” said Helena Storbj?rk at the National Food Administration.

“We have good checks for animal imports from China, which are largely banned, and a far-reaching program of checks for a whole range of vegetables. Unfortunately there’s a lot of illegal importing which avoids all the controls,” she said.

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