Possibly contaminated pork dumplings from Shanghai sealed up

Pork-filled dumplings from a Shanghai food company that are suspected to be contaminated have been sealed up.

Pork-filled dumplings from a Shanghai food company that are suspected to be contaminated have been sealed up, the market watchdog in Jing'an District said as the dumpling scare escalates with more brands embroiled.

A batch of shepherd's purse and pork-filled dumplings from Shanghai Guofu Longfeng Co have allegedly tested positive for the nucleic acid associated with African swine fever in Lanzhou, capital of northwest China’s Gansu Province.

Guofu Longfeng is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sanquan Foods that is headquartered in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan Province.

Earlier, samples from three batches of pork-filled dumplings from Sanquan Foods tested positive for the nucleic acid associated with African swine fever.

The Jing'an District Market Supervision and Management Bureau conducted an inspection of the Shanghai company on Wednesday. 

The affected dumplings were not sold in Shanghai, and were mainly distributed in China's northwest regions, the bureau said.

The company said the suspected contaminated dumplings were manufactured by Zhengzhou-based Henan Quanhui Food Co.

The involved dumplings not sold have been sealed up, and a recall will be launched, the company said.

E-commerce platforms including Tmall and JD.com have taken precautionary measures, with Tmall taking the same batch of products off the shelves and ordering checks among businesses and JD.com, which said it did not sell the affected batch of dumplings, removing all other shepherd's purse and pork-filled dumplings from Longfeng.

China's top market watchdog has ordered pork product manufacturing companies nationwide to enhance management and controls for pork materials.

Ma Zhiying, technical director of the Shanghai Food Research Institute, said swine fever does not affect humans.

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