22 Apr '11, 12pm

Fake sweet potato flour was being made with corn, ink and paraffin and sold as a delicacy in China.

Fake sweet potato flour was being made with corn, ink and paraffin and sold as a delicacy in China.

AUTHORITIES in southern China have raided a former pigsty where fake sweet potato flour was being made with corn, ink and paraffin and sold as a delicacy, state media said on Friday, in the latest scandal to strike the country’s food industry. The factory, in Zhoushan city in the booming province of Guangdong, had been turning out up to one tonne a day of the toxic mix since February, the official Xinhua news agency said. It had been labelled as “delicious pure sweet potato flour”and a speciality from the neighbouring province of Hunan, the news agency added. Xinhua did not say if anyone had been arrested, or if anyone had fallen ill from consuming the flour. Sweet potato flour is widely used in Chinese cooking to make noodles or to tenderise meat. China’s food sector has been beset by poisonings and toxin scandals that have shaken consumer confidence. Numerous government ...

Full article: http://www.soshiok.com/article/15315

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