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Bright fined for food safety lapses

BRIGHT Dairy has been fined and several high-ranking employees were punished by the city government after the dairy giant was embroiled in several recent food safety scandals, authorities said yesterday.

Chief officials and workers of Bright Dairy who were involved in these scandals have been given serious warnings, said Yan Zuqiang, director of the Shanghai Food Safety Office.

However, the amount of the fine was not disclosed.

These incidents exposed problems in the company's management of its production process and caused a very bad social influence, Yan said.

"When companies are pursuing profit, they can by no means push the bottom line of food safety," he added.

The dairy company has submitted a "rectification report" containing more than 100 solutions to improved its operations, said the Shanghai Quality and Technical Supervision Bureau.

Last month, two customers in Shanghai complained they found floating blue particles in bottles of Bright's fresh milk.

Bright later explained the blue particles were part of the plastic bottle cap. The blue particles were generated due to friction when a mechanical hand tightened the caps too tightly on the assembly line.

A cheese product for babies was removed from shelves nationwide after it was found to contain a banned additive in September. Also in September, nearly 1,000 households in Shanghai received sour milk produced by Bright.

In June, its Ubest milk was found to be contaminated with an alkaline solution.

In July, batches of Bright Dairy's butter and cheese were found to contain excessive bacteria by the market watchdog in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province, and were removed from shelves.


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