Fruit juice may soon join the ranks of fake-beef, poison-rice, and piggy-water. China’s food safety watchdog has launched an investigation into local juice makers including Huiyuan Juice Group Ltd.—the country’s largest juice company—after they allegedly used rotten and unripe fruit in their products.
According to a 21st Century Business Herald report, farmers sold rotten and unripe fruit to distributors to cut costs, but at the potential hazard of shipping pesticide-laced and/or moldy products out to consumers.
A Dangshan fruit farmer surnamed Chen, said that 20-30 tonnes of rotten fruit were shipped to juice factories every day.
Rotten fruit juice joins the list of the other numerous food scandals in China that include fake beef, tainted milk, lamb skewers laced with rat poison, contaminated water, fake honey, walnuts with rocks inside and the list goes on.
So much for introducing “tougher food safety laws”
[Image via: South China Morning Post]