Food Safety Scare in China Once again as Two Liquor Plants Come under Scanner

Published By : 17 Aug 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Police in China are looking into a case where two distillers in the south western region of Guangxi allegedly mixed erectile dysfunction drugs into their alcohol. The incident has sparked yet another food safety scare. 

The Liuzhou Food and Drug Administration said that it had discovered that the Deshun Alcohol Plant and the Guikun Alcohol Plant in Liuzhou city of Guangxi were adding Sildenafil, sold as Viagra and other trade names, into three of their baijiu drinks. Baijiu is a strong grain liquor that is sold for high prices in China.

 According to a statement issued by the Liuzhou Food and Drug Administration, 1,124 kilos of raw alcohol, 5,357 bottles of suspect baijiu products, and a batch of white powder labeled Sildenafil have been confiscated by law enforcement officers. All of these confiscated items amount to more than 700,000 yuan. The statement was posted on the website of the regulatory body on Saturday. 

In yet another incident, Taiwan residents in China’s mainland have reportedly boycotted Master Kong, a Chinese brand of beverages, instant noodles, and food products. A tour guide has warned tourists in a video that products of Master Kong sold in mainland China consisted of gutter oil 56 times more than other products sold in Taiwan. 

An online survey conducted by Legal Weekly showed that out of the 300 respondents, a massive 38 per cent said that the Chinese should boycott all products of Master Kong. Another 22 per cent however, said that the company has already proved its innocence.

Prices of Master Kong shares dropped rapidly after the incident was reported. Merely two days after the eye opening video was released by the tour guide, Master Kong lost over 3 billion Hong Kong dollars in terms of market value. 

The popular Chinese food and beverages company has said that it will be suing the tour guide on grounds of defamation.
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