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Germs force popular pudding off market

THE popular Hong Kong-based Honeymoon Dessert yesterday stopped sales of its mango pudding in Shanghai, after Beijing authorities found excessive amounts of bacteria linked to diarrhea and vomiting.

The Beijing Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision said that during a plant inspection, the mango pudding for the dessert shop, produced by a Beijing food maker, was found to contain colon bacillus three times over the standard, while the content of the total number of bacteria was 12 times more than the standard.

Excessive bacteria, colon bacillus in particular, may cause some intestinal and stomach disorders.

The company said apart from products with fresh fruit, all of its desserts are produced by outside suppliers.

The Shanghai office of the company confirmed yesterday that the suppliers for the outlets in Shanghai are different from those in Beijing.

An official with the company, who preferred to remain anonymous, said that because consumers are very concerned, they would stop selling the mango pudding temporarily.

"The company has sent samples to Beijing authorities for a second test, and will not resume selling the pudding until the result is announced," she said. "And we'll keep in touch with consumers about that."

Consumers expressed disappointment at the news.

"I used to think imported stores would serve products with better quality," said a white-collar worker named Shen Yuan, a frequent visitor to Honeymoon Dessert.


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