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Shuanghui's sausage tainted with bacteria

By Lu Feiran (Shanghai Daily)

08:24, May 31, 2012

Shuanghui's cumin-flavored sausage.

The country's leading meat products brand, Shuanghui, is stuck in quality scandal again after industrial and commercial authorities in Guangzhou reported that a type of Shuanghui's cumin-flavored sausage contained excessive bacteria, which may cause diarrhea.

The Guangzhou Industrial and Commercial Administrative Bureau didn't specify what bacteria was involved.

Guangzhou officials said the sausage sold in Guangzhou was produced on March 16, and has been removed from shelves and destroyed.

Meanwhile, a netizen from central China's Henan Province said when he washed Shuanghui frozen pork ribs, many maggots emerged from the meat. The Henan-based company, however, denied the accusation, calling it a local media plot.

The netizen, whose screen name was joe-cn317, said on that he bought a pack of Shuanghui frozen pork ribs from the company's chain store in Zhengzhou, Henan's capital city, on Sunday. When he washed the ribs with hot water at home, he was shocked to see dozens of white maggots emerge on the surface of the water, he said.

The post received wide concern around the country, as Shuanghui was embroiled in a food-safety scandal last year.

Shuanghui Group issued a statement, saying that Liu asked for compensation of 1,500 yuan (US$236) and refused to cooperate with the group's investigation of the affair. Later the company found out that Liu was working for a local media, it said.

The company said it double-checked the production of the complained batch of pork ribs and found no problem.

Liu denied that he was blackmailing the company. "What I want is only a sincere apology," he said. "I don't blackmail anyone."

In March last year, China Central Television reported the group purchased pig feed containing clenbuterol, a chemical that can prevent pigs from accumulating fat. It is banned as an additive in pig feed in China because it can end up in the flesh of pigs and is poisonous to humans if ingested. The company later apologized.

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