Proving that a bad apple can spoil the whole bunch, rotten Chinese apples have not only tainted Chinese juices, but American ones as well. And according to a report by 21st Century Business Herald, this has been going on for years. Bloomberg reports:
The news was broken by the independent-minded 21st Century Business Herald, which sent reporters to a region of the country known for its fruit groves and fruit-juice manufacturers. They found three of China’s leading juice manufacturers purchasing rotten apples and pears from farmers unable to sell them for direct human consumption. Chinese regulators shut down two of the plants, despite failing to find stocks of rotten fruit on the factory premises, and investigations are ongoing.
Nonetheless, as Quartz reported last week, two of the plants in question receive significant government export subsidies (and one of the plants supplies 27 percent of the apple juice that China exports to the U.S. and Canada, annually). Under such circumstances, it’s highly unlikely that China’s regulators will move to harm any reputations.
Though this may sound minor, even benign, compared to past Chinese food scandals which include melamine milk, heavy metals in rice and noodles, and more, rotten fruit can harbor toxic mold, which poses a serious health hazard. Not to mention that this may pave the way for more hazardous things to enter US borders from China. Chinese processed chicken has already just about gotten the green light.
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