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Shenglu Food boss defends himself in 'dyed bun' case

YE Weilu, the owner of Shanghai Shenglu Food Co which sold recycled and dyed buns to supermarkets and made headlines in April after its scandal was exposed on CCTV, denied some charges against him in court today.

Ye and his two colleagues were accused of producing and selling counterfeit products. The prosecutors said Ye began to buy a synthetic lemon-yellow dye last September and asked one colleague, Xie Weixian, to add the illegal addictive to recycled buns to make them look fresh. Another colleague, Xu Jianming, was responsible for delivering the dyed buns to supermarkets.

The Baoshan District People's Court was told Shenglu Food Co sold 620,927 yuan (US$97,107) worth of dyed buns between October 1, 2010 and April 11 this year. But Ye denied the sales figure, saying it was 400,000 yuan at most. He also argued that he didn't know the edible lemon-yellow dye is not allowed in steamed and boiled food.

But Ye's two colleagues pleaded guilty in the court. Xu admitted that their company recycled buns that passed the expiration date and use them as materials in new products.


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