China destroys Ikea cake, Nestle chocolate

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BEIJING — Chinese authorities say they have destroyed nearly two tons of chocolate cake imported by Sweden’s Ikea for violating food quality standards.

The Shanghai quarantine bureau said this week that Kraft cream cheese and 2.7 tons of Nestle chocolate bars also were among dozens of imported products destroyed in its latest round of quality inspections.

Chinese authorities have stepped up food inspections in recent years after a series of scandals over fake or shoddy goods.

The disclosure in December that suppliers of KFC violated rules on drugs use in poultry caused sales for the restaurant chain to plunge. KFC estimated sales in January dropped 37 percent and the company announced tighter quality control measures in an effort to win back customers.

The Shanghai quarantine bureau said it destroyed 1,872 kilos (4,100 pounds) of chocolate almond cake imported by Ikea that it said had excessive levels of coliform bacteria.

Ikea spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson said the cakes were destroyed in November and December but the company’s head office had only found out about it on Monday.

“The product was stopped and destroyed. So none of the cakes made it to our restaurants,” she said.

The cake made by a Swedish supplier is sold in Ikea stores in a majority of the countries where it operates. Magnusson said the company is looking into whether the cake should be withdrawn from sale elsewhere.

The Nestle chocolate contained too much sorbitol, a sweetener that in large amounts can cause bowel problems, the agency said in a statement.

Phone calls to spokespeople for Nestle and Kraft in China were not answered.

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  • joshua kings

    giving them chinks a dose of their own medicine?  LOL!

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    chinese products have a higher quality now? this is funny.

  • NoWorryBHappy

    Not true.
    The products were only labeled ‘Made in Sweden’.
    They were actually Made in China.
    China is the mother of all knock-offs.
    It’s a smear campaign against foreign companies.

    • foreignerph

      You are probably right.

  • chitetskoy

    hahahaha I wish. but I still prefer canned meat with horsemeat than any China products which might contain chemicals or bacteria.

  • huseng_batute

    kulang daw kasi sa cardboard and melamine content

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5STEU22AD7YRHQSB6RE56ZDSYA J

    Ref: http //www nytimes com/2011/05/08/world/asia/08food.html?pagewanted=2&_r=0&ref=melamine

    China should be more worried within.
    The last paragraph is interesting and it says…”“None of them are reliable,” he spat. “They really have no morals. They will do anything for money.” 
    I feel this still happening and destroying the cake & chocolate may only be a show which China is telling to the world they are serious to stamp out fakes. They did that to PH bananas.

    IN CHINA, FEAR FAKE EGGS & RECYCLED BUNS
    Published: May 7, 2011

    SHANGHAI — On a bustling corner near downtown Shanghai recently, some shoppers avoided the steamed buns sold by Zhu Qinghe in a street-side cubbyhole. Instead, they bought the packaged buns in the freezer section of Hualian, a supermarket chain store in the same building.

    Big mistake: Mr. Zhu’s buns were soft, tasty and fresh, made every day, he said, at 3 a.m. The supermarket’s, on the other hand, came from a filthy workshop where workers “recycled” buns after their sell-by date. The workers merely threw the stale buns into a vat, added water and flour, and repackaged them to be sold anew.

    It has been two years since China’s government, reeling from nationwide outrage over melamine-contaminated baby milk that sickened 300,000 infants and killed at least 6, declared food safety a national priority. Since then, it has threatened, raided and arrested throngs of shady food processors — and even executed a couple.

    But a stomach-turning string of food-safety scandals this spring, from recycled buns to contaminated pork, makes it clear that official efforts are falling short. Despite efforts to create a modern food-safety regimen, oversight remains utterly haphazard, in the hands of ill-trained, ill-equipped and outnumbered enforcers whose quick fixes are even more quickly undone.

    “Most of them are working like headless chickens, having no clue what are the major food-borne diseases that need to be addressed or what are the major contaminants in the food process,” said Dr. Peter Ben Embarek, a food safety expert with the World Health Organization’s Beijing office.

    In recent weeks, China’s news media have reported sales of pork adulterated with the drug clenbuterol, which can cause heart palpitations; pork sold as beef after it was soaked in borax, a detergent additive; rice contaminated with cadmium, a heavy metal discharged by smelters; arsenic-laced soy sauce; popcorn and mushrooms treated with fluorescent bleach; bean sprouts tainted with an animal antibiotic; and wine diluted with sugared water and chemicals.

    Even eggs, seemingly sacrosanct in their shells, have turned out not to be eggs at all but man-made concoctions of chemicals, gelatin and paraffin. Instructions can be purchased online, the Chinese media reported.Scandals are proliferating, in part, because producers operate in a cutthroat environment in which illegal additives are everywhere and cost-effective.

    Manufacturers calculate correctly that the odds of profiting from unsafe practices far exceed the odds of getting caught, experts say. China’s explosive growth has spawned nearly half a million food producers, the authorities say, and four-fifths of them employ 10 or fewer workers, making oversight difficult.

    China’s iron political controls ensure that no powerful consumer lobby exists to agitate for reform, press lawsuits that punish wayward producers or lobby the government to pay as much attention to consumer safety as it does to controlling threats to its own power. Instead, like Alice after falling through the rabbit hole, consumers must guess what their food and drink contain.

    “Basically, people now feel nothing is safe to eat,” said Sang Liwei, who directs the Beijing office of the Global Food Safety Forum, a private agency. “They don’t know what choices to make. They are really feeling very helpless.”

    Chinese consumers may have their hands tied compared with their Western counterparts, but they are increasingly middle-class, well-educated and dismayed by their lack of protection. Even top officials are discomfited.

    “All of these nasty cases of food-safety problems are enough to show that lack of integrity and moral decline have become a very serious problem,” Prime Minister Wen Jiabao told government officials in mid-April, according to The People’s Daily.“We feel really ashamed,” Vice Premier Wang Qishan said at a meeting in March with legislators, according to Xinhua, the official news agency. “Just when the people have enough to feed themselves, we have this food-safety problem. Really embarrassing, this is really embarrassing for us.”Some progress is evident. China adopted a far-reaching food-safety law in 2009 and is bringing hundreds of standards in line with international norms. Already, nearly half of dairy food companies have been ordered to halt production after failing to meet new licensing requirements.

    “The situation is steadily improving, “ said Luo Yunbo, the dean of the food sciences college at China Agricultural University in Beijing. “It is not as bad as people think it is.”

    Nor is it good. The health minister, Chen Zhu, said in February that China did not have enough enforcement agents, with fewer than one food inspector for every 10,000 people. Instead of systematically identifying the safety risks and forcing producers to prove that they have eliminated them, said Dr. Ben Embarek of the World Health Organization, Chinese inspectors follow a long-discredited strategy of randomly sampling and testing products.

    Some food is simply unregulated. Pork accounts for two-thirds of the meat eaten by Chinese consumers, but only half of it goes through slaughterhouses that are subject to inspection, he said. The rest comes from pigs slaughtered in backyards, villages or markets and is essentially untested, he said.

    Oversight remains shared among disparate bureaucracies: the Commerce Ministry supervises pork slaughterhouses, Dr. Ben Embarek said, but beef and poultry slaughterhouses fall under the Agriculture Ministry.

    Even the government’s most dramatic crackdowns have fallen short. After the 2008 milk-powder scandal drew international attention, the authorities ordered all melamine-tainted dairy products to be destroyed. But they have turned up again and again.

    Last week, the police in Chongqing in southwestern China uncovered 26 tons of melamine-tainted milk powder at a factory that made ice cream bars, The People’s Daily reported.

    Clenbuterol is another recurring problem. According to the Chinese news media, the drug was banned in animal feed nearly a decade ago because it can cause heart palpitations and other health problems in humans.

    But experts say it remains widely available. Many farmers continue to feed it to pigs because it helps the animals develop more muscle and less fat and allows them to be sold for slaughter more quickly.

    Just last month, the Shuanghui Group, one of China’s largest meat producers, recalled thousands of tons of meat and meat products after news reports that a company affiliate had processed pork from pigs that were fed clenbuterol.Consumers have also been repeatedly poisoned by excessive levels of the chemical nitrite in meat, Feng Ping, a professor at the Beijing Academy of Food Sciences, told an international food-safety conference last month.

    The most recent suspected case occurred April 21 when a 1-year-old Beijing girl died after eating fried chicken bought from an outdoor vendor, a local newspaper reported.How many others fall sick or die from contaminated food is anyone’s guess because data on food-borne diseases is spotty at best. “We operate in the dark in many ways,” Dr. Ben Embarek said.

    Consumers are not the only victims. Unscrupulous producers hurt reputable manufacturers. Imported dairy products nearly quintupled in volume in 2009, the year after the melamine scandal, government officials say. Foreign brands now account for half of all infant milk powder sold in China.

    Now steamed buns are taking a hit.“I am no longer eating steamed buns,” a 65-year-old Shanghai man, who gave his last name as Chen, declared in front of a supermarket window emblazoned with the motto “No fake goods in Hualian.”

    The supermarket chain and other retailers that have sold the buns have blamed its supplier, the Shanghai Shenglu Food Company. The authorities have revoked the supplier’s license and have arrested five of the firm’s managers, according to Chinese news media reports.

    But Mr. Chen is not reassured.

    “None of them are reliable,” he spat. “They really have no morals. They will do anything for money.”

  • ThudOthwacker

    Food products failed to meet China’s Recommended Daily Allowance

    Trans fat—–0%
    Melamine ——0%
    Fetus ——–Negative

  • buttones

    Maybe the message here is to buy Chinese! It’s velly velly good and made to the highest specs! I always buy Chinese canned pork, knowing that if I fall of a high building I will always land on my feet… like a cat….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

    When people try to make a fast buck, their products always ended up shoddy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/simoun.magaalahas.10 Simoun Magaalahas

    Hindi pumasa sa panlasa nila ang chocolate ng sweeden kasi kulang sa melanine at lead, type nila yung chocolate na may ingredients na binurong fetus mas masustansya kasi sa kanila yun.

  • Jesse_Bruce_Pinkman

    I was almost floored by this statement: “Chinese authorities destroyed several tons of food for violating food quality standard”

    Lemme hear that again: FOOD… QUALITY… STANDARD.

    Did I miss something?

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Chinese are comedians.  They pretend to have the highest food quality inspection in the world but actually disguised as a economic sabotage for foreign corporation in China.

    Don’t buy Made in China.

  • lourda

    But almost the whole world are talking about China’s contaminated products, and now from Sweden? They are more serious when it comes to Nutritive products therefore  they are expensive, that is absolutely right, it is a kind of sabotage for foreign corporation, or maybe Sweden contradicted China that is why they’re doing that, that is the typical character of China.

  • louie

    hiyang hiya naman ang mga pagkain na made in china. hindi ba may ilang batang namatay dahil sa milk powder na gawa nila? idagdag mo pa yung mga gamot na binebenta sa maynila na gawa din sa kanila. cringe.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YAYZCQ4KSBQRKR2LLGX5XRMXFI pepe

    LET’S KEEP BOYCOTTING CHINESE PRODUCT, LET ALL NATION JOIN’S HAND BOYCOTTING CHINESE ENTRY IN OUR COUNTRY…

    AND THEY WILL CRAWL IN PAIN!

  • markmiguel

    if its not a human fetus or any exotic animals then that is a food quality violation……in china.
    sweden must have done something that china didnt like…hmmm.wonder what it was.

  • PikonNaKami

    Maybe not enough lead in the food products hence it did not meet Chinese quality standards.

  • http://twitter.com/Olibo2 Olibo

    In a country where almost anything is edible and the food safety standard
     is poor this news is a JOKE.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XALR35ENV2XKV327BZGZ7Q5Z5Q Ernesto

    china is maker of fake products  not switzerland.its funny high standard of living in switzerland compare to china.you cover you mess in the expense of other country.they misled the people as if they are clean.its propaganda of china

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

    In face of those accusations, the name-brands manufacturers cannot remain silent. They should either affirm or deny.

  • $16638896

    bwisit na mga instik to, as if they are clean!

  • Rontabs

    China’s Quarantine Bureau is right in destroying sub-standard quality products of IKEA, Nestle and Kraft because it has to pass the required food toxicity to kill a normal human being to be able to pass China’s stringent food quality requirement.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C7OYO4NJW6VOFWAR6TSLORRSZI Jakob

    Look who’s talking? hahahaha!

  • ztefertilizerscam10

    Dont buy product from china..

    Remember if the first 3 digits are: 890……MADE IN INDIA 690, 691, 692 … then it is MADE IN CHINA 00 – 09 … USA and CANADA 30 – 37 … FRANCE 40 – 44 … GERMANY 471 …….. Taiwan 45 or 49 ……..JAPAN 489………..HONG KONG 50 ………. UK 57 ………DENMARK  64……….FINLAND 76………SWITZERLAND and LIENCHTENSTIEN  471……… is Made in TAIWAN (see sample)  628………SAUDI ARABIA  629………UNITED ARAB EMIRATES  740……….745 – CENTRAL AMERICA All 480 Codes are Made in the PHILIPPINES. Share it!

  • ztefertilizerscam10

    ALWAYS READ THE LABELS ON THE FOODS YOU BUY–NO MATTER WHAT THE FRONT OF THE BOX OR PACKAGE SAYS, TURN IT OVER AND READ THE BACK CAREFULLY! 

     With all the food and pet products now coming from China, it is best to make sure you read label at the supermarket and especially when buying food products. Many products no longer show where they were made, only give where the distributor is located. The whole world is concerned about China-made “black-hearted goods”. 

     Can you differentiate which one is made in Taiwan or China ? The world is also concerned about GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) foods; steroid fed animals (ex: 45 days old broiler chicken).

  • hustlergalore

    quality inspection? from china? LOL

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2LDHCNMZHPXWZGJIMN5LZSOELE Arturo

    Bawal ang me coliform sa mga intsik pero lead pwedi kaya singkit mga mata ng bwesit na mga iyan…

  • pinoy_abno

    “Chinese authorities have stepped up food inspections in recent years after a series of scandals over fake or shoddy goods.”

    Look who’s talking…PWE! 

  • pinoy_abno

    Ang ginamit na substandard equipment/tools ay gawa sa China…kaya bumagsak sa test!

  • MrRead

    China two shoes clean?  Give the  world a Break.  Like the kettle calling the pot black.

  • AllaMo

    China concerned for the food its citizens can buy?! ROTF LMFAO!!!

  • Erwin M. Geli

    China? Concerned of coliforms and sorbitol? What the …..

    • Erwin M. Geli

      Baka nareject dahil kulang pa sa desired level nila sa coliform at sorbitol. Kaya pala.

  • p00rd0y

    Peoples Republic of Fake

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4XVVCOAZXYTPN2X3IPFCFDSKFM Melvin

    Parang hindi normal sa China ang sirain ang produkto “for violating food quality standards.” Kung western countries pwede pa kaso China, parang hindi talaga bagay.

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