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Eateries, markets may be linked to food from firm that lost license

HOTELS, restaurants and supermarkets that may have unknowingly purchased food linked to an illegal food production company in Minhang said they had stopped using or selling its products and ended any contracts with the company.

The Shanghai Quality and Technical Supervision Bureau recently found a number of food production workshops operating with revoked licenses. During the campaign, it found the Shanghai Jiabao Food Co Ltd was continuing production after its license was revoked in May for hygiene problems.

Expired steamed buns with pork stuffing were also found at the scene and there were orders indicating it was still supplying frozen dim sum to some well-known hotels and restaurants in the city. During an inspection yesterday covering 10 hotels, restaurants and supermarkets that had business with Jiabao, food produced by Jiabao was found only at Jing'an Hilton by the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration.

Also, wholesaler Metro China pulled all food supplied by Shanghai Jiabao off shelves at its outlets nationwide after hearing the news and is closely following developments, it said in a statement.

The Four Points Sheraton Pudong purchased ingredients such as steamed creamy custard buns from Shanghai Jiabao and stopped buying its products after learning about the news, said a staff member.

Jing'an Hilton had stopped using and also sealed off existing products from Shanghai Jiabao, it said in a statement.

Chain restaurant Chamate and Hotel Pullman Shanghai Skyway denied involvement with Shanghai Jiabao, saying they bought food from Haimen Jiabao Co Ltd, and have stopped trade or ended contracts with the Haimen company upon learning about the news.

Records show that the Haimen producer is a production arm of Shanghai Jiabao in Jiangsu Province, and its license was still valid as of late yesterday.

Chamate bought eight types of dim sum ingredients from Haimen Jiabao, including shrimp dumplings and guotie (pan-fried dumplings with pork filling), and the restaurant stopped all trade with Jiabao after the incident, said Lu Siheng, director of the marketing department of Chamate (Shanghai) Food & Beverage Co Ltd. Lu said Chamate didn't conduct checks on products it purchased from food companies, but checked attached documents proving the quality of the companies.


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