Preserved fruit is the latest addition to the mainland’s expanding list of unsafe foods, after an investigation by state television found that some were processed in filthy factories and contained excessive additives.
Preserved peaches were found packed in bags that had been used to hold animal feed, and hawthorn berries were soaked in a pool of water that contained garbage.
The China Central Television report detailed illegal processes at 16 preserved-fruit companies, mostly from Hangzhou in Zhejiang province and some from Linyi, Shandong province.
Tests by a Beijing laboratory on samples bought from several of the Hangzhou companies showed they all contained excessive pigments, bleaching agents and preservatives, the report said.
At one manufacturer of preserved fruit in Hangzhou, the date on several hundred boxes of preserved fruit, which were ready for sale, was found to be marked as two weeks later than when they were packaged. At another company…
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