Maxim’s Group, Hong Kong’s largest restaurant and bakery chain, has been fined HK$7,500 (US$967) after a plastic glove was found in a loaf of bread from one of its shops.
Judge Yu Cheuk-man accepted the group’s admission that the product did not meet standards but scolded it, saying such a large company with a long record of offenses can only have things wrong with its management system, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.
The company has a record of 141 quality control-related offenses including dead worms and foreign objects in its products, the report said.
Earlier, it was fined HK$4,300 for one such incident.
Judge Yu said managers are not exempt from their duty to correct these mistakes and ensure they never happen again.
He said he will leave it to the justice department to decide whether Maxim’s management should be investigated and prosecuted.
The latest case stemmed from an April 22 incident in which a woman found a pastry glove inside a walnut bread as she was eating it.
She had bought the bread from a Maxim’s Simplylife Bakery Cafe in Queensway Plaza in Admiralty.
The woman returned it, got an apology and a refund from the shop, and reported the incident to a government complaint hotline.
Maxim’s operates Chinese, Asian and European restaurants, take-out counters, bakeries and catering services.
In addition, it runs the Hong Kong franchise of Starbucks Coffee and Genki Sushi.
Altogether, the group operates more than 840 outlets in Hong Kong, China and Vietnam, according to its website.
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