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Over 200 food, drug firms punished for violations

    More than 200 food and drug producers or business operators have been punished so far this year for various hygiene violations, Shanghai’s Food and Drug Administration said.

    The businesses include Gelaoguan, Metro, Carrefour, and Century Mart, according to the FDA.

    The Shangnan outlet of Lotus in the Pudong New Area was fined 50,000 yuan (US$7,690) for selling expired vodka and pineapple pastry.

    The Qingpu outlet of Metro was fined 5,000 yuan for selling biscuits containing excessive peroxide while the Huamu outlet of Century Mart in Pudong was fined 10,000 yuan for selling chicken essence seasoning that had already exceeded its expiry date by nearly one month.

    A fine of 20,000 yuan was slapped on the Caoying outlet of Carrefour in Qingpu District after it was found selling expired food.