On the evening of December 15, the city channel “Nanjing Zero Distance” of Jiangsu Radio and Television Station released a video on Sina Weibo, which revealed that the honey producers in Tongrentang, Beijing, would recycle a large amount of expired and imminent honey.
Enterprises claim to be “returned to bee farmers to raise bees”, but the video shows that the recovered honey is poured into the barrel and sent to the raw material warehouse. In addition, Tongrentang honey has the problem of changing the production date.
On the morning of December 16, Beijing Tongrentang Bee Industry Co., Ltd. issued an apology statement on its
official Wechat Public Number. The company claimed that it was responsible for inadequate supervision and serious negligence. It has notified Yancheng
Golden Bee to suspend its commissioned processing and production activities during the investigation. However, it has
not been found that these honeys have entered the raw material depot for production, which will be further investigated and verified. In addition,
“for the behavior of changing the label date mentioned in the report, all the products involved have been sealed up and not flowed to the market, and will be handled according to law under the supervision of the regulatory authorities”.
Was exposed to “Recycle expired honey, suspected of changing the date”
The name of the reported enterprise is Yancheng Golden Bee Food Technology Co., Ltd. located in Binhai County, Yancheng City, which is a large-scale enterprise. On December 12, in an enclosed workshop, reporters found that many workers had torn off the label of expired or near expired honey, poured into the barrel for recycling. After recycling, the barrels were sent to the manufacturer’s raw material depot.
Reporters found that the number of labels torn off in the workshop was very large, and they were filled with snake skin bags. The label showed that the
product name was Beijing Tongrentang honey. Among these labels, some were produced in December 2017, others in November 2016. The shelf life of honey was 18 months, some were near expiration, and some had expired.
“As far as I know, over a period of time, there are tens of thousands of bottles of honey returned, expired or about to expire,” said the person familiar with the matter.
The market supervision bureau, which rushed to the scene for inspection, said that enterprises should put up unqualified product labels on the
recalled products. During the inspection process, law enforcement officers found only one label with bad products. There are serious problems in such behavior of enterprises.
According to law enforcement officials, the company’s products are commissioned by Beijing Tongrentang Bee Industry Co., Ltd. Yancheng Golden Bee Food Technology Co., Ltd. for production. The agreement provided by the company shows that the start date of the commissioned production agreement is September 2016. According to public information, Beijing Tongrentang Bee Industry Co., Ltd. is a subsidiary company controlled by Beijing Tongrentang Co., Ltd.ash1314
Currently, the Market Regulatory Authority is conducting further investigations into the whereabouts and uses of expired honey.shlf1314
Tongrentang’s response: All of them have been sealed up and not flowed to the market.
Tongrentang,shlf2019 at the heart of the incident, responded quickly. In its official statement, Tongrentang signed a return contract with Jinfeng, Yancheng, in
August 2018, which explicitly stipulated that honey cleared from the return can only be used for bee feeding at beekeeping bases and not for any other purpose.
Tongrentang further said that the company had problems with unclear labeling of the cleaned honey and had not found that the honey entered the raw material depot for production.
In addition, Tongrentang preliminary survey results show that due to the relocation of the factory in early 2018, there are errors in the management and use of labels at different production
addresses. All the products involved have been sealed up and not flowed to the market. They will be handled according to law under the supervision of the regulatory authorities.
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