A Guangzhou-based trading company has been found repackaging tainted oil and revising the expiry date to sell the products as premium imported oil, Southern Metropolitan News reported on Friday.
Investigation conducted by the newspaper showed that Guangzhou Imex Mediterranean SL, a trading company which started to import premium olive oil in 2012, has been selling the tainted products to at least two retail outlets in the city and several online shopping sites. The company was founded by Pedro Lopez Gonzalez, a Spaniard.
The products were processed and repackaged in a warehouse located in a village in Baiyun district, the report said.
The local food watchdog, with police assistance, padlocked the unlicensed plant on Wednesday, and sealed around 10,000 boxes of olive oil bottles. Many of the boxes have been labeled as “tainted” or “questionable”.
The firm’s Fenka brand olive oil, which it claims to have been imported from Spain, has been selling quite well in the southern Chinese city, according to the newspaper. The products are sold for as low as 30 yuan (US$4.85) and as high as 2,000 yuan per bottle.
Some customers even bought boxes of the olive oil to be sent as gifts, according to a salesman at one of the retail stores in Tianhe District.
Fenka olive oil was also available at a high-end grocery outlet affiliated with state-owned COFCO in Yuexiu district. One grocery chain specializing in products for mothers and children was also found to be selling the brand.
Fenka has also found its way to other major cities like Beijing, Changsha and Chengdu, a former company manager told the newspaper.
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