By Mark Sisson Posted January 13, 2020 08:55:30A Chinese supermarket chain has come under fire for placing packaging for its products at a facility in the United States where the majority of its Chinese employees are based.
The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) said that the company’s packaging plant, which is based in Longmei, had become a source of food safety concerns because of a number of problems.
A number of the food-related packaging issues have been reported by customers, including the presence of hazardous chemicals, the agency said in a statement on Monday.
It noted that the food packaging plant had not previously been subject to any food safety or quality issues.
On Monday, the company said it had taken steps to correct the problems, including closing the plant in May, as well as changing its processes and procedures to prevent food safety issues.
According to the CFDA, the food factory was operating in a location with a “high degree of risk for foodborne illness”.
The CFDA said that some of the issues involved “products from the company being transported in a truck and subsequently stored in the same warehouse for more than a year”.
“We have identified the location as a potential source of contamination and are taking corrective actions to minimize this risk,” the agency added.
The CFSA said that its investigation was ongoing, but it did not provide any further details.
A spokesperson for the US department of agriculture said the US was investigating whether the packaging plant in question was in compliance with federal food safety regulations.