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Denial in buns scandal

THE defendant held the most responsible for the April buns scandal - illegally adding dyes when producing the buns and recycling expired buns - partly denied prosecutors' accusations in court yesterday.

Ye Weilu, the owner of Shanghai Shenglu Food Co Ltd, which produced the dyed buns and sold them to local supermarkets, along with his two former coworkers stood trial on the charges of producing and selling counterfeit products.

The scandal was exposed in April when the Hualian and Lianhua supermarket chains were caught selling the contaminated buns.

Ye began to purchase the lemon yellow food coloring in September 2010 and asked his production director, Xie Weixian, to add the food addictive when making the corn buns.

Xu Jianming, the company's sales manager, then sold buns to supermarkets, prosecutors said at the Baoshan District People's Court.

The sales totaled 620,917 yuan(US$97,124)between October 1, 2010 and April 11, 2011, the court was told.

Ye denied the sales amount, claiming it was 400,000 yuan at most, and he also argued that he did not know that the edible lemon yellow food coloring was not allowed in steamed and boiled food.

"I worked for cake shops where the dyes were used, and so I thought I could also add the food addictive to my buns," Ye told the court, explaining that he added ingredient to improve the appearance of his buns.

Xu and Xie pleaded guilty and said it was Ye's idea to use the food addictive.


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