China probes juice producer after report that rotten fruit was used
SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - China's food safety watchdog has launched an investigation into local juice makers after a media report said they used rotten fruit to make their products.
The probe includes two branches of the country's sector leader, China Huiyuan Juice Group Ltd.
Farmers in several Chinese provinces sold rotten fruit to distributors, which was then bought by canned fruit producers and juice manufacturers to cut costs, the 21st Century Business Herald said in the report on Monday.
"We take this very seriously and have urgently deployed food safety teams in Anhui, Jiangsu, Shandong and other provinces to immediately open an investigation," the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) said in a statement on their website, seen by Reuters on Tuesday.