S China noodle makers ordered to end production due to use of illegal additives

13:29, April 25, 2011      

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Workers from a production facility in Zhongshan city, Guangdong province, that is suspected of having used illegal additives in the production of fake starch noodles, remove their impounded products from drying poles, on Thursday.(Source: China Daily)

Seventeen starch noodle manufacturers in Dongguan city, south China's Guangdong Province, were ordered to stop production over the weekend after claims emerged that they had been using illegal additives, China Daily reported.

A large quantity of starch noodles were seized and will be subjected to tests following a raid by the Guangdong provincial administration of quality and technology supervision.

The starch noodles are suspected of containing illegal additives and of being made from corn instead of sweet potato, which they were supposed to have been made from, according to Monday's China Daily.

The 17 starch noodle producers were all situated in the Daliantang Industrial Development Zone in the city's Wanjiang township.

Starch noodles are an important ingredient and a staple of Chinese cuisine. There is a great variety of noodles and they vary depending on their region of production, ingredients, shape or width, and manner of preparation.

The latest food scandal started to come to light on Thursday when more than 5.5 tons of starch noodles that were suspected of being tainted were confiscated and their producer was put under investigation for allegedly having used black ink, industrial dye and paraffin wax to produce them in Gangkou township in the province's Zhongshan city, according to Guangzhou Daily.

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Source: China Daily
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