A man found the head of a surgical needle in a barbecued pork bun he bought at a Maxim’s Cakes shop in Guangzhou, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.
The newspaper received a complaint from a Guangzhou resident, Mr. Luo, who bought the bun at the shop in the city’s Nongjiangsuo metro station on Tuesday last week.
“It was so disgusting, and I almost threw up,” said Luo.
“I have been a fan of Maxim’s and believed that its better quality could justify the higher prices.”
But he told the newspaper he has since lost confidence in Maxim’s Cakes.
Maxim’s barbecued buns are popular at its Guangzhou outlets, which are supplied from a plant in Shenzhen.
The needle head Luo found measured 2 centimetres in length. He suspected it was mixed into the meat and sauces early in the manufacturing process.
He phoned Maxim’s customer services center, the report said.
The manager of the Nongjiangsuo shop asked him to return the needle head for inspection.
Luo refused and said he preferred to have it inspected by an independent laboratory.
He lodged complaints to the relevant departments under the State Administration for Industry and Commerce.
Representatives of Maxim’s insisted a needle head could never enter the chain’s bread products, although they said there had been incidents in which parts of rubber gloves had been found in buns.
Maxim’s never contacted Luo again, the report said.
He said he was worried there might be wounds in his mouth and that he could have contracted diseases.
Luo said he hoped the relevant government departments would follow up on the matter.
The newspaper could not reach Maxim’s Guangzhou office for comment.
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