A company in Ningbo, Zhejiang province was fined 1.4 million yuan RMB for storing tons of expired papaya products, some of which were aged five to six years and had expired about two years ago.
Authorities seized 32.86 tons of “zombie papaya” pieces from a local cold storage during a raid in March, NetEase News recently reported.
“The company had cooperated with the this particular cold storage for years,” Jiangbei district investigators said. “Since before 2010, large quantities of papaya pieces have been stored here”.
Sina News elaborates:
Transaction records show the Ningbo company bought a total of 84.23 tons of papaya products from Hainan province and Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region in 2010 and 2011 and stored them at the facility.
A company based in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, and mainly engaged in the production of juice and jam bought a total of 34.22 tons of frozen papaya products from the Ningbo company between April and October 2010, says Wang Weijie, a local quality inspector.
Their most recent trading of expired papaya products happened in 2013. The Ningbo company sold two batches – five tons in January and 20 tons in April – to the Suzhou company, according to investigators.
The news comes on the heels of a massive food scandal uncovered in central China, wherein officials confiscated more than three billion yuan worth of frozen meat products—some of them up to 40 years old.
by Maggie Wong