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Bug scare dumplings removed

ALTHOUGH Shanghai industrial and commercial authorities confirmed that frozen dumplings sold in Shanghai stores are safe, some local supermarkets nevertheless removed two brands of dumplings yesterday, as they are feared to contain harmful bacteria.

Over the weekend, their counterparts in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province, said three types of Sanquan frozen dumplings and a type of Hai Pa Wang dumplings were found to contain golden staph - bacteria that can cause pneumonia and blood poisoning.

Carrefour Shanghai removed the possibly tainted dumplings from shelves yesterday.

The company said it will ensure the products are safe before restarting sales.

Henan Province-based Sanquan Food Co Ltd said Guangzhou authorities' inspection was carried out in August, and officials revealed the results three months later, which is considered a "normal procedure" in the country. As soon as it learned the inspection results in August, the company recalled and stopped selling the questioned products.

Guangdong-based Hai Pa Wang Food Co Ltd did not comment yesterday.

The Shanghai Industrial and Commercial Administrative Bureau said it inspected the dumplings sold in Shanghai last month and both Sanquan and Hai Pa Wang's products passed the bureau's test. But the products tested may not be the same types that Guangzhou authorities inspected, Shanghai officials said.

Officials said they haven't ordered markets to stop sales of the dumplings but they will strengthen the inspection of the products.

Late last month, Beijing's business administrators said they discovered a batch of Synear dumplings containing golden staph during a July inspection. The news led to many markets pulling Synear dumplings off the shelves.

Henan-based Synear said it was fined 50,000 yuan (US$7,830) by Beijing authorities. Synear said it would compensate consumers who encountered health problems after eating its dumplings.


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