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Watchdog: Defective qingtuan sold in city

SEVEN of the total 57 checked batches of qingtuan, a traditional Chinese snack for the Qingming Festival, or tomb-sweeping day, were found to have quality problems.

The Shanghai Food and Drug Administration said yesterday the manufacturers used illegal food additives or excessive bacteria counts in qingtuan.

The festival falls this Saturday.

The food safety watchdog has ordered companies to remove all the failed products from the shelves and recall the sold ones. It said the companies faced legal sanction.

The check covered 35 major brands and producers and sellers of qingtuan in the city.

Most of the failed products were sold in big supermarkets like Lotus and Carrefour.

Officials have suggested that customers should buy qingtuan from branded stores and check the products while making the purchase.

Qingtuan should be had soon after buying and not kept for a long time.


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