Inspectors testing cream cakes sold in bakeries around town for melamine did not find the kidney stone-causing agent but they did find high levels of bacteria present in the cakes, and no, they’re not of the good kind. According to Shanghai Daily:
In November, inspectors bought a cake at random at each of the 20 stores.
The Shanghai Commission of Consumers’ Rights and Interests Protection said they were tested for melamine, heavy metal and preservatives among other things.
Cakes at Christine, Marco Polo and Pucci were found to contain high levels of coliforms or colon bacillus, officials said.
Coliforms are not the cause of food poisoning, but their presence suggests organisms of fecal origin may be present, which can cause cases of food poisoning.
Ick. Ick. Ick.