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CHINA: Authorities “blacklist” Nestlé, P&G, Coca-Cola products

12 May 2008 | Source: just-food.com

China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (GAQSIQ) has reportedly blacklisted products from companies including Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola and Nestlé over safety concerns.

According to local reports, in January and February GAQSIQ tests found that 593 imported food products were not safe for human consumption.

The safety watchdog found two batches of P&G's Pringles potato chips were contaminated with the carcinogen potassium bromate, beetles were discovered in coffee beans imported from Vietnam by Nestle's Dongguan Branch Company and Coca-Cola's Fanta was found to contain unacceptable levels of benzoic acid.

Retailers who knowingly sell blacklisted products will be fined CNY50,000 (US$7154.41), the governmental watchdog warned.

Neither Nestlé nor P&G were available for comment as just-food went to press.

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