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‘Moldy mooncakes served up again’

a SHANGHAI food company has been charged with making mooncakes using moldy filling from unsold 2010 batches of the autumn delicacy.

The owner and five shareholders of Shanghai Panpan Food Co Ltd were charged by Fengxian District People’s Procuratorate last month, Shanghai People’s Prosecutors’ Office said in a press conference yesterday.

Mooncakes are traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival. Typical varieties feature soya bean paste, fruit and nuts encased in glazed pastry. 

It is alleged that from last July the five Shanghai Panpan suspects asked staff to remove the filling from out-of-date mooncakes produced in 2010 and 2011 and add it to fresh cakes.

These were bought by small stores and companies in Fengxian District for about 100,000 yuan (US$16,290).

A worker tipped-off local quality watchdogs whose tests revealed mold likely to cause food poisoning.



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