China destroys tons of Ikea cake, Nestle chocolateBy AP News Mar 05, 2013 6:53PM UTC
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities say they have destroyed nearly two tons of chocolate cake imported by Sweden’s Ikea for violating food quality standards.
The Shanghai quarantine bureau said this week Kraft cheese and 2.7 tons of Nestle chocolate bars also were among dozens of imported products destroyed in its latest round of quality inspections.
Chinese authorities have stepped up food inspections in recent years after a series of scandals over fake or shoddy goods.
The Shanghai quarantine bureau said it destroyed 1,872 kilos (4,100 pounds) of chocolate almond cake imported by Ikea that it said had excessive levels of coliform bacteria. It said the Nestle chocolate contained too much sorbitol, a sweetener that in large amounts can cause bowel problems.