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Food safety goes to trial

ELEVEN suspects have recently been put on trial in six cases over food-safety issues, including for producing and selling poisonous food and using fake registered trademarks, city prosecutors said yesterday.

Harmful foods in the cases include the notorious dyed steamed buns, toxic chicken skewers and weight-loss health products containing banned chemicals.

Three company officials involved in the tainted buns scandal took charge of producing and selling fake and substandard food, allegedly selling corn buns that contained very little corn and had been dyed yellow, according to prosecutors.

Another two suspects were charged with producing and selling poisonous food after four children in Fengxian District were poisoned and sent to hospital from eating fried chicken skewers sold by a street food vendor near their school.

Prosecutors said the chicken skewers contained 400 times the state standard of nitrites.

In another case, a man in Zhabei District was charged with selling diet products containing banned ingredients.

The capsule were found to contain sibutramine, a chemical that has been blamed for strokes and heart attacks.


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