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Grocers pull fruit products

MORE local supermarket outlets are joining in the action to remove preserved fruit products supplied by three companies based in Zhejiang Province that were reported to manufacture unsafely.

Carrefour, Walmart and Lianhua, leading supermarket brands in Shanghai, are asking their stores citywide to stop selling products from the three suppliers. The three manufacturers were involved in a China Central Television report that exposed overuse of food additives and extremely unsanitary manufacturing environments.

Laiyifen, a Shanghai-based franchise food company, became embroiled in the scandal because it imports products from the three suppliers. Yesterday it admitted that one of its preserved fruit products contained more addictive than allowed.

The company would not name the specific product, which was found to contain more sweetener than what's allowed. It said it would hold the information until a complete exam details the results. Laiyifen sent samples of its preserved fruit products for lab tests with a professional agency after the CCTV report.

The report said the staff never controlled the amount of additives and that some mill workers admitted they didn't even know about volume control of additives. Excessive intake of food additives can harm people's liver and kidney.

Shanghai local watchdogs are still running sample tests on various brands of preserved fruit snacks sold in the local market. Results are due in about a week.


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