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Packages too light, inspectors discover

INSPECTIONS have revealed short weights in some items sold at local hypermarkets and in some substances for Chinese medicines.

The Shanghai Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision said yesterday they weighed packed seafood, fruit and meat in 20 hypermarkets, and found that more than 30 percent of the labels misrepresented the products' weight.

"Many packed foods count the weight of the packing box, or their scale was not standard," said Zhang Zhiqiang, an official with the bureau.

In addition, officials said some stores selling Chinese medicine were cheating on the weight of various ingredients. Although the weighing errors were slight, consumers would lose out because of the substances' great value.

"For example, a gram of Chinese caterpillar fungus would cost 40 yuan (US$5.70) to 60 yuan," Chen said. "Thus small error would cause great loss."


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