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Famous coffee chain in city has high coliform bacteria findings

A CHOCOLATE cake sold at an outlet of the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf was found to contain excessive levels of coliform bacteria, three times the national limit, the city's consumer protection watchdog said today.

The agency said another outlet of the chain also had a bacteria problem even after a clean-up order was issued.

The piece of royal chocolate cake sold at the Shaanxi Road N. outlet of the well-known coffee chain brand contained 930 MPN (most probable number) per 100 grams of coliform bacteria, more than three times China's national limit of 300 MPN per 100g, according to the results of tests conducted by the Shanghai Consumer Rights Protection Commission.

The commission ordered the coffee chain brand to make corrections after the tests, but a problem was still found in follow-up tests at another branch store.

The Yincheng Road M. outlet of the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf was found to sell cheesecake containing excessive coliform bacteria in checks of the commission after the initial order, the commission said. The commission does not have the power to fine or close outlets.

Some cafes have poor hygiene conditions, which can lead to food contamination, the commission warned. Coliform bacteria tests are frequently used to indicate the likelihood of organisms harmful to human health, officials said.


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