Who likes industrial-grade plastics in their wine? What? It’s “industrial-grade”, which means only the big boys and big girls use it, so it’s got to be good, right? Just like how milk does a body good!
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This week, the 21st Century Business Herald reported that an independent laboratory found excess levels of industrial plasticiser in a bottle of Jiugui baijiu sold by an authorised seller in Beijing.
The aptly-named brand (Jiugui means drunkard in Chinese) isn’t just some cheap moonshine distilled in a dark warehouse. The bottle that the lab tested cost Rmb438 (US$70) off the shelf and the maker is a Shenzhen-listed company with sales of Rmb560m in 2010. Its largest shareholder? The government. Jiugui Wine is a subsidiary of state-owned China National Sugar Alcohol Group Corporation.
So far, there is no sign of government concern. The management of Jiugui Wine insists in a statement on its website (in Chinese) that the wine is still safe to drink, and that there’s no question of it breaching any safety level on the use of the industrial solvent because there’s no internationally accepted definition of a safe level anyway…
Hey SanLu you should consider getting some exposure into the Wine and spirits business!