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Illegal tofu workshops raided, said to have employed disabled workers

By Deng Jingyin (Global Times)

08:54, January 10, 2012

Local supervision authorities raided two illegal dried tofu-producing workshops in Beijing's Changping district Saturday. But local police denied Monday that the workshops had employed mentally handicapped workers.

Changping administration for industry and commerce in a joint operation with the quality supervision department and other related departments confiscated nearly 600 kilograms of dried bean curd from those two workshops.

The two workshops were confirmed to be illegal and operating without a license.

Some of the workers tried to destroy the evidence by smashing tofu-making tools. The workshop owners were not present at the time of the raid.

According to the Beijing News, workers were toiling in unsafe and unsanitary conditions in the workshops, where some of the tofu was being smoked by burning dirty sawdust to dry it and add flavor while more tofu was being dyed with a foul-smelling liquid.

The administration for industry and commerce confirmed the raid to the Global Times Monday.

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