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Food enterprises shut down over safety violations

Shanghai authorities have blacklisted four enterprises and their owners for violating food safety regulations, including the use of expired ingredients in mooncakes and adding poppy shells to food.

Three had their business licenses revoked, while the fourth was an unlicensed restaurant.

All the owners were banned from involvement in the food industry for five years, Shanghai Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday.

Shanghai Panpan Food Co in Fengxian District was found setting up a workshop especially for illegal mooncake production by using ingredients taken from old mooncakes.

This was a violation of China’s food safety law and the company’s owner Zhang Ruguo, a Jiangsu Province native, was the subject of a hearing by the Fengxian District People’s Court in July.

The court’s ruling has not yet been announced.

The Taiwan Beer Roast Duck Restaurant in Hongkou District was reported by tipsters for adding illegal substances to its ducks on September 4 last year.

The Shanghai FDA found it was an unlicensed eatery and checks found morphine and papaverine, chemicals found in poppies.

Owner Zhang Kede, an Anhui Province native, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and fined 5,000 yuan (US$817) when he appeared at Hongkou District People’s Court on February 5 this year.

Shanghai Anying Food Co was fined 50,000 yuan and lost its business license for resuming operations without approval after it had been closed for causing food poisoning. Its behavior caused a second case of food poisoning, authorities said.

Anying was under investigation by the Qingpu District FDA after some 50 staff of a company suffered food poisoning after eating food provided by Anying on June 6.

The FDA received a report on another mass food poisoning case on June 8 and found it was also caused by Anying, which had restarted operations and used ingredients that had been sealed. It had restarted production without any disinfection taking place, officials said.

The fourth company was the Jialinge Restaurant in Hongkou District.

It was found to be using animal ingredients that didn’t have quality certificates. Further tests revealed that two types of meat had been mixed with other ingredients.

All the questionable materials were destroyed and the owner was fined 50,000 yuan, while the restaurant lost its license.



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