‘Orange’ you glad you didn’t buy your orange juice from a vending machine? Food safety authorities literally yanked the plug on mall orange juice machines owned by Shanghai’s Chengyi Co over health violations. Shanghai Daily reports:
All of the company’s 20 machines, which it rented from manufacturer Shanghai Ju’ang Intelligent Technology Co, have been sealed off pending a full investigation, the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration said yesterday. The FDA began its probe following complaints from the public that the juice tasted bad.
“The machines first appeared in 2011,” FDA official Xu Wei said. “In 2012, people from the company that operates them came to us to ask about food safety issues, so we informed them about the relevant regulations.”
As a new business type, the company should have had an independent food safety test conducted, the official said.
The machines, most of which are located within shopping malls, serve cups of orange juice to consumers for 10 yuan (US$1.61) apiece.
However, after a man surnamed Shen complained to a radio station that the machines were using moldy oranges, reporters launched an investigation. At a mall in Putuo District they found four machines running at a temperature of 17 degrees Celsius, when they claimed the juice was chilled to 5 degrees.
Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident, but like its products, China’s fruit juice industry in general seems rotten to its core. Huiyuan Juice Group caught fire this fall for allegedly using rotten fruit in juice production, and China has apparently been supplying the US and Canada with rotten apple juice for years.