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Imported food often expired in Jiuguang

A downtown supermarket that charges up to 45 yuan (US$7.05) for a single peach is selling expired imported food, residents are complaining.

Officials from the downtown Jiuguang Department Store said they will carry out inspections to all of their supermarket's imported food after local residents said they had purchased "expensive but expired" imported milk, chocolate and honey.

During a Shanghai Daily investigation, however, a business scandal surfaced behind those cases as the salesmen of the supermarket were accused of "deliberately" replacing the imported products with expired ones to damage the store's reputation and protest their working conditions.

A store official who insisted on anonymity told Shanghai Daily that they have alerted police in a similar case when a salesman was caught replacing expired food on the shelves. But in the recent cases, the official acknowledged the store is still collecting evidence.

A resident surnamed Chen told Shanghai Daily that he purchased 10 packs of imported milk yesterday at the department store's supermarket near Jing'an Temple, but he found six packs had expired in July.

"I purchased the imported milk to feed a patient in hospital, but they turned out to be expired two months ago," complained Chen.

Chen's anger grew when he asked the store to exchange the expired milk and the saleswoman suspected he was trying to cheat the store and simply took the packs of milk away. Chen said it was only when he called the media for help that the saleswoman admitted they were selling expired milk and offered him 60 packs as compensation.

This was far from an isolated case. On the microblog site, local residents uploaded pictures to show that they had purchased expired candies, drinks, chocolates and other products on special promotions at the store.


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