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Three stand trial in Shanghai tainted buns scandal


08:35, September 16, 2011

SHANGHAI, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- Three food company managers in Shanghai stood trial Thursday for producing and selling tainted steam buns, according to a local court.

The general manager, sales manager and production manager of Shanghai Shenglu Food Co. are charged with adding coloring to corn flour buns during the production process at a company subsidiary in Baoshan District, the district people's court said in a statement.

The company managers sought to boost sales by adding lemon-yellow additive even though they knew it was banned in cake and bun steaming and boiling, the district people's procuratorate said.

The company sold over 270,000 packets of dyed buns worth 620,000 yuan (97,000 U.S. dollars) between October 2010 and April 2011, according to the procuratorate.

The court is to announce the verdict on another date.

A deputy director of the food production supervision agency in Baoshan District was previously removed from his post for dereliction of duty for his role in the scandal, which broke after a China Central Television (CCTV) report on April 11.

Aside from the report alleging that the company illegally dyed the buns, it also said it re-labelled buns made days earlier with new production dates and added expired or near-expired buns returned by retailers to the product mixes to create "new" buns.


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Wong S F at 2011-09-1765.74.1.*
The Chinese authourities need to come hard on these unscruplous producers. Chinese food safety reputation overseas is rather poor. These informations are widely spread over the internet.

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