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Huge Counterfeit Sauce Ring Uncovered in China

A group of some 50 factories have been found to be manufacturing artificial sauces and flavourings, some with illegal ingredients, in the Chinese city of Tianjin, the Beijing News reports.

It appears that one of the Nestlé products they were counterfeiting is Maggi seasoning sauce, commonly found in Asian supermarkets.

Knorr is owned by Unilever, and makes chicken cubes and condiments; Lee Kum Kee is a well-known Hong Kong brand famous for its oyster sauces.

According to the Beijing News, about 100 million yuan ($14.5 million) worth of fake products are produced each year in Duliu, the Tianjin town in which the con was uncovered.

The products have been sold across the country, and the ring of factories were in operation for over a decade, said the report.

Ingredients for the fake food seasonings include tap water and industrial-grade salt, which is banned from human consumption in China because it can cause damage to the liver and kidneys due to the presence of cancer-causing agents and heavy metals.


  • GrumpyGuyGrumpyGuy Member
    edited January 17
    Sadly to be expected in a place like China.  I'm sure other such "fake food" rings exist there, and in other countries.  In fact, nothing convinces me that such operations don't also operate in western countries.

    "Let's cheat and poison people to make money!"   Despicable.

    There are really a lot of good reasons to make most or all of your food from scratch, using ingredients grown yourself or acquired from trusted sources.
  • tazweisstazweiss Member
    edited January 18
    Farmer_Sean said:
    There are really a lot of good reasons to make most or all of your food from scratch, using ingredients grown yourself or acquired from trusted sources.

    Sadly, these days trusted sources tend to get regulated out of business.  Governments can't have them taking too much business away from companies that really matter (to them).  Companies like Monsanto's, General Mills and Nestlé's.

    If the politicians treat people this poorly when they're armed to the teeth,

    just imagine what they'll be willing to do once they've disarmed everyone.

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    Ah, tap water and industrial grade salt. Delicious.
    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
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