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Tainted grape juice is pulled off market

SHANGHAI-BASED Bright Group has removed all of its tainted grape juice from shelves after the product was found to contain banned preservatives, the company said yesterday.

The Beijing Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision said it found 0.14 gram per kilogram of the preservative sorbic acid in the Bright grape juice. The juice was labeled as additive-free, containing only concentrated juice and water.

Sorbic acid can cause metabolism disorders. Officials said that for juice products, which have a short shelf life, not that much preservative is allowed.

The Bright Food Group said the inspection was carried out in May, and all the unqualified products have been removed from shelves.

"Now all our products in the market are safe, and have passed authorities' tests," said Chen Chunshan, an official with Bright.

Shanghai authorities remained silent yesterday. Local quality watchdogs also inspect juice products in local markets on a regular basis, but they didn't find similar problems in Bright juice in their recent inspections.

The Shanghai Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision announced the result of quality tests on fruit juice late last year, and said all the samples they collected from the market were qualified, including a type of Bright apple juice.


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