CHINA: Halted Huiyuan Juice Group sites given all clear - report

By | 26 September 2013

A subsidiary of China Huiyuan Juice Group that closed after reports that it was using rotten fruit has been given a clean bill of health, according to local reports.

Officials from China's Food & Drug Administration inspected production sites for Wanbei Fruit Juice in Anhui province but found no rotten fruit, the South China Morning Post reported yesterday (25 September). Another closed company, Anhui Dangshan Haisheng Fruit Juice, a subsidiary of Shaanxi Haisheng Fresh Fruit Juice, was also given the all clear.

The two firms were ordered to stop production for "self-examination" on Monday after a newspaper reported they were accepting rotten fruit from farmers, the Post said.

Huiyuan has reportedly denied using rotten fruit.

Chinese consumers are sensitive to food hygiene scares after a contaminated milk scandal in 2008 that killed six babies. Last month, the Coca-Cola Co's Greater China unit recalled 19,000 cases of Minute Maid dairy drink after fears that they were contaminated with a bacteria that can cause botulism.

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