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China Destroyed Ikea, Kraft and Nestle Products for Violations at End of 2012

The Chinese government destroyed incoming products from three food giants – Ikea, Kraft and Nestle – at the end of 2012 for violations of food quality standards, revealed Shanghai’s quarantine bureau this week.

The agency said that it discovered high levels of coliform bacteria in chocolate almond cakes destined for Ikea stores, and subsequently destroyed 4,100 pounds, or about 2 tons of the product. While coliform bacteria are not dangerous in and of themselves, they indicate the potential for fecal contamination and the possibility that harmful bacteria such as Salmonella, E. coli or Listeria may be present.

Chinese authorities also disposed of Kraft cream cheese imported by Kraft Foods China as internal samples because the product didn’t receive certification by its expiration date, and discarded 2.7 tons of Nestle chocolate bars because they contained high levels of sorbitol, reported ABC News.  Sorbitol is a sweetener that can cause gastrointestinal issues if consumed in large amounts.

After the quarantine bureau released this information, Ikea initiated a recall of its chocolate almond cakes in 23 countries, but noted that none of the destroyed products reached customers.

“The product was stopped and destroyed,” said Ikea spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson in a statement Tuesday. “So none of the cakes made it to our restaurants.”

Kraft, whose products were not destined for Chinese consumers, told customers, “We hereby sincerely apologize for all the concerns and doubts brought to consumers by this incident,” reported ABC.

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  • The irony. I guess it doesn’t matter that Nestle-Purina depends on China to manufacture it’s poultry and porcine pet treats – but hey, pet food problems (like drug laced meat imported from China) are low priority to FDA. Besides, why would China out a perfectly good customer? 

  • i would love to say i told you so – but this is all about greed! the big company’s want the money and i am glad this happened again. maybe now some of our big company’s will get smart and stop using china to make their products. bring the jobs back here where there is stricter regulations. and at the same time you are keeping our jobs here 

  • SmrtrNU

    @ beaks

    Read the article a little closer: “The Chinese government destroyed incoming products from three food giants”Incoming as in imported from a country not China.  China is beefing up their standards and actually testing product as it comes in.  Eating domestically made goods or imported goods is less important than ensuring food in your country is all held to the same high standards and those standards are enforced.

  • NobleSpirit

    Seems like there are a lot of twist behind the story. China is always been the country of most toxic contaminated products. Although I never think said companies have good ethics when comes to food production, However Findings are still very blurry, Coliform bacteria is never been considered risky, often avoided by authorities worldwide including china. However this recent move seems china trying to retaliate against west by trying hard to find reason if not fabricate reasons. While china has no ethical boundaries for food production, China government desperately looking all the avenues to save the face. I hope this will be a wake up call for those companies wish to invest in china.