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15 sentenced for food crimes
    2021-11-25  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A TOTAL of 15 people were given jail terms ranging from four years and six months to nine months for selling foods that were below safety standard, toxic or harmful to health.


The convicts were also fined between 4 million yuan (US$626,000) and 30,000 yuan, a verdict of Longgang People’s Court showed.


Since March this year, the court has filed 10 cases regarding imported frozen meat from COVID-19-affected countries, which were jointly investigated by Shenzhen police and market regulators. The suspects in nine cases were charged selling below-standard, harmful and toxic foods, and the other case was withdrawn by prosecutors.


Sixteen people and 9 million yuan were involved in the 10 cases. According to prosecutors, the suspects purchased frozen foods, like frozen beef, pigs’ trotters and goose wings, which had no legal imported procedures for customs clearance and quarantine inspections, kept the products in a warehouse in Pinghu Subdistrict, Longgang and sold them to retailers to make profit.


A warehouse owner surnamed Jiang and his two employees kept 300 tons of frozen meat, some of which were later confirmed to have been smuggled from the U.S., France, Brazil and Poland, countries that the Chinese customs has an import ban on due to COVID-19 control and prevention measures. Some of the meat was treated as below standard for not having quarantine inspection certificates, though it was from pandemic-hit areas.


The market supervision authorities also detected ractopamine, a banned food additive in China, from 289 boxes of veal cutlets, weighing 7,225 kilograms.


The suspects surnamed Wu and Jiang were sentenced to four years and six months, and three years and seven months in prison, respectively. The two were also fined 4 million yuan and 1 million yuan, respectively.


(Han Ximin)

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