Is anything safe to eat anymore? Just the other day, we told you about the glow-in-the-dark pork being sold in Pudong. Now, apparently, it’s the mantou, or the processed steamed buns we need to be watching out for.
In an investigative report on CCTV2 last night, an undercover reporter visited the Shanghai Shenglu Food Company in Baoshan district to observe the manufacturing process. Here’s what he found:
- Buns past their expiry date and returned from the supermarkets were thrown into the mixers to produce new buns.
- Sodium cyclamate, an artificial sweetener, potassium sorbate, a food preservative, were added, although none of these additives were listed as ingredients.
- What’s being sold as corn flour buns has no corn in it, just yellow colouring.
- Chemicals were added in random amounts, according to “feeling”.
- Food was handled without the use of gloves
Shenglu is one of the bigger processed bun manufacturers in Shanghai, producing about 30,000 mantou’s that are sent to about 400 retail stores across the city everyday, including Hualian and Lianhua supermarkets.
A massive recall has already been ordered and the Shanghai Industrial and Commercial Administrative Bureau has promised a city-wide inspection.
See the video of the investigative report after the jump, but be warned, it may put you off your food for the rest of the week.