By Bose Chan
We’re not even halfway through the year yet, but the list of food safety scares is already enough to make us wonder if anything is safe to eat anymore. So far this year, we’ve got gutter oil made from animal hides and bones, leather yogurt, and tea with chockloads of banned pesticides, just to name a few.
The ubiquitous store Laiyifen, which sells titbits, sweets and preserved fruits, is now embroiled in this new food safety scandal along with other preserved fruits retailers after samples of its preserved fruits were found by CCTV to contain flavoring, coloring and bleaching agents “potentially harmful to the liver and kidneys” and to be made in workshops that were “extremely filthy”.
Shanghai Daily reports:
The Shanghai Industrial and Commercial Administrative Bureau said that more than 7,800 kilograms of preserved fruits, both from Laiyifen and supermarkets, had been removed from shelves. A total of 30 samples will be tested, of which 14 are from Laiyifen.
Laiyifen said it would immediately stop selling fruit preserves from three problematic suppliers in Hangzhou. In the meantime, all customers may return fruit preserves back at the point of purchase for a refund.