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20,000 yuan sea cucumbers ‘past sell-by-date’

A SHOPPER paid almost 20,000 yuan (US$3,272) for sea cucumbers, only to find the delicacy was past its sell-by-date, a court heard yesterday

Customer Zhang Huihua is seeking almost 220,000 yuan in compensation from South Korea’s biggest retailer E-Mart, Huangpu District People’s Court heard yesterday.

The court heard that Zhang bought 2.6 kilograms of dried sea cucumbers for 19,961 yuan at the Laoximen branch of E-Mart on July 18, 2011.

But despite being marked as of the highest quality by the supermarket, the sea cucumbers were out of date, the court heard.

The tag on the produce said the shelf life was 180 days and that they had been packaged on January 19.

Zhang calculated that deadline was July 17, the day before she bought them, the court heard.

She is demanding a refund and, by the terms of food safety legislation,10 times the cost in compensation — a total of 219,573 yuan.

E-Mart claimed that food laws don’t mention a shelf life for dried sea cucumbers.

Huangpu District People’s Court did not announce a verdict yesterday.



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