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3 to stand trial in bad buns scandal

THREE company officials involved in Shanghai's tainted buns scandal will stand trial on charges of producing and selling fake and substandard food.

In April, corn buns were on sale that contained very little corn and had been dyed yellow. The Shenglu Food Co Ltd was also said to have been reusing food that was too old to be on the shelves.

Ye Weilu, Shenglu's general manager, Xu Jianming, its sales manager, and production supervisor Xie Weixian will face trial soon, prosecutors said. They said all the managers knew about the practice, which was devised to cut production costs.

They said it was much cheaper to use a coloring agent to make the buns appear as if they contained corn than it was to buy corn itself.

Du Shixiang, a local food industry expert, said the lemon yellow coloring agent said to have been used was allowed under China's food law in the production of certain foods, such as juice and ice cream. But buns are not on the list, he said. Prosecutors say that using the coloring agent, while not harmful to health, was cheating the customer.

A China Central Television program in April first brought the buns scandal to light.


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