In April 7, a food additive company in Rugao, Jiangsu Province added 30% lime powder in the production of flour brightener
these flour brighteners added with lime powder were sold to large and medium-sized flour enterprises in Shandong, Jiangxi, Anhui and other places through middlemenWhat is the concept of content
30%? I checked the relevant national standards and found no answer; They tried to interpret it by experts, but failed.
"they added lime powder to the brightener, which would kill people." "Rule of law weekend" recently received a report from insiders that Jiangsu Rugao Yuzhong Food Additive Co., Ltd. is illegally producing flour brightener
in the opinion of the informant, the entry of this whitening agent into the market is a harm to human health and life safety, which is of great importance
after receiving the report, rule of law weekend rushed to Nantong City, Jiangsu Province to investigateA small river flows from west to East beside Xiabao Town, Rugao City, and a small bridge is built at the end of the road full of factories on both sides. Walking West from the small bridge along a muddy road, Yuzhong company is hidden between minshe and moso bamboo
one night in September 2009, a loud noise woke up the villagers nearby and blew up all the factories of Yuzhong company. Afterwards, the explosion was identified as the collapse of dangerous buildings
however, according to insiders, the source of the explosion that night was the company's main product - benzoyl peroxide, the main raw material for diluting benzoyl peroxide. This explosive chemical was diluted with corn starch at a ratio of 28%, which was called flour brightener
now, the new plant of Yuzhong company is a blue iron roof house with an area of more than 100 square meters, plus a laboratory and office. This old factory, which was founded in 1991 and seeks common development and is called the first flour brightener in Jiangsu Province, looks more like a handicraft workshop
in fact, in the domestic flour industry, where there are 50 enterprises with an annual main business income of more than 5 billion yuan and an annual output of more than 100 million tons of wheat flour, although there are only a few flour brightener manufacturers, the market is nearly saturated. Insiders said that the major large-scale flour whitener factories in China are concentrated in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, "about a dozen"
according to the existing national standards, 0.2g whitening agent can be added to each kilogram of wheat flour at most. The newly milled flour is yellowish and dark in color, and it needs to be stored for a period of time before it slowly turns white. After adding flour brightener, the time for flour to turn white will be greatly shortened
when "rule of law weekend" came to Yuzhong company in the name that the screw speed of flour merchants should be kept within 20r/min, boss Chen of Yuzhong company gave a quotation of 9000 yuan per ton, saying that the daily output of flour brightener of the factory could reach two tons
the output and quotation of this company are far lower than those of larger enterprises in the industry. In the flour brightener industry, the monthly output of a medium-sized enterprise can reach 300 tons, while the general quotation of the industry is 11000 yuan per ton
boss Chen admitted that the profit of flour brightener industry is meager. This industry can be produced only by diluting benzoyl peroxide with filler, and there is little scientific and technological content, which leads to the concentration of the industry
in recent years, the price of flour brightener has been reduced from nearly 20000 yuan to about 10000 yuan
"those big factories have organized many salespeople to go out to promote their products and spent a lot of publicity expenses, which we don't have." Boss Chen explained to the reason why Yuzhong's quotation was low
but insiders have revealed a mystery. The salesperson of a flour brightener manufacturer in Henan told the rule of law weekend, "those small manufacturers with a quotation of 89000 yuan (flour brightener) use not all corn starch as filler, but lime powder"
the price of lime powder is lower than that of corn starch, and its weight is twice that of corn starch, which naturally reduces the cost
rule of law weekend later brought the samples of Yuzhong company back to a scientific research institution in Beijing for inspection. The results showed that the content of lime powder in the samples exceeded 30%
Rugao local insiders told rule of law weekend that before the Spring Festival in 2010, Yuzhong company bought four carts of lime powder at one time, "each car can pull 40 tons, and an average of 1 kg of lime powder is added to every 4 kg of whitening agent"
this even caused panic among the people around Yuzhong company, and many people refused to buy flour locally. Rugao's local flour consumption share is not high, and there are no large-scale flour enterprises in Rugao
when visiting several catering institutions in Rugao, no local flour was found to be used. The owner of a noodle shop told, "there used to be a flour mill at the North bridgehead, but later it seemed to have moved away"
in Rugao City, there is also a flour brightener manufacturer named Shuangyi, who went to visit according to the address provided on the website, but learned that the factory had moved elsewhere. There is evidence that in 2006, the factory's products were seized because it did not have a production license
"problem" brighteners are sold everywhere
boss Chen of Yuzhong company told that the brighteners produced by Yuzhong company are mainly sold to large and medium-sized flour enterprises in Shandong, Jiangsu, Anhui and other places. Among them, a Jiangsu flour Co., Ltd. located in Nantong city is also one of the customers called by boss Chen
this flour company is a large flour enterprise with a daily output of 2000 tons of flour. A brand of wheat flour produced by it has been rated as a Chinese famous brand. At the same time, it also enjoys many honors, such as famous brand products in Jiangsu Province
but when "rule of law weekend" entered the company as a salesperson of a whitening agent company in Henan, a warehouse keeper said that the flour whitening agent used by the company was not produced by Yuzhong company
he told the company that the whitening agent used was the product of an additive company in Taizhou, and he didn't even know that there was a flour whitening agent manufacturer in Nantong
at the same time, people familiar with the matter told that the whitening agent produced by Yuzhong company was not directly sold to flour mills, but to the whole country through an intermediary, which was an additive company in Taizhou
in a remote alley on Chezhan Road, Taizhou City, the factory building of an additive company is quite unique. Facing the door is a 3-storey factory building of the factory, but the doors and windows of the factory building are closed, and there is no sign of construction. Through a rolling shutter door on the bottom floor of the factory building, a row of bungalows are hidden behind the 3-storey building, which is the real factory building of the company
in the factory building of this company, I saw a scene similar to that of Yuzhong company, in which only sporadic workers were working
a person in charge of this company surnamed Chen told the same person who came as a flour merchant that the main products of this factory are all kinds of flour improvers. Because the profit is meager, the output of flour brighteners is not much
he also introduced that in this industry, order production is mainly carried out. In Yuzhong company, I learned that during rush hours, the factory had 24-hour continuous production
the person in charge surnamed Chen said that his flour brightener was also sold to many regions across the country, including naturally a flour company in Jiangsu. His quotation was 11000 yuan per ton. In other words, after the products of Yuzhong company change hands, the company can make a lot of profits
in the samples provided by a company, the inspection department also detected more than 30% of lime powder
the person in charge also revealed that in addition to a flour company, another newly established flour company in Nantong is also using the products of the factory, and the output of that flour company exceeds that of a flour company
a salesperson from a flour brightener factory in Henan told, "in fact, we can detect how much lime powder is added to the flour, but because the amount of the brightener itself is very small, we can't eat it with lime powder."
will the inedible lime powder do harm to human body? Can lime powder be added to the brightener? What are the added standards? Check the relevant national standards, but can't find the answer; Trying to find experts to interpret it failed
the dispute over whiteners is endless
it is found that the flour whiteners produced by Yuzhong company are not used locally in Rugao City, and even flour whiteners are taboo by flour sellers
in a supermarket in Rugao, the salesperson told the supermarket that the wheat flour sold in the supermarket was not produced locally. When asked whether to add whitening agent, the salesperson explained that it was no longer necessary to add whitening agent in today's production process, "the flour yield of special flour reached 75%"
in the largest local farmers' market, the owner of a rice noodle shop sold local flour, but he quickly denied the question of whether to add whitening agent, and repeatedly said, "this country has not allowed it to be used, and there must be no flour."
at present, China has not issued regulations to prohibit the use of flour brighteners. However, according to a professional close to the food additive industry, the industry has reached a consensus on whether to use flour whitening agent, "just don't add it". The source also revealed that the Ministry of health once made an internal statement that whitening agents could not be used in the flour industry
whitening agents have been used in ordinary flour in China for more than 20 years. However, the debate on the storage and waste of brightener also means that this kind of phenomenon, that is, the phenomenon of trapped oil, has lasted for many years. Neither side can convince the other side of their views, and it is difficult to affect the decision-making level
proponents believe that flour brighteners are potentially harmful to human liver, and that according to the existing process level, it is no longer necessary to continue to add flour brighteners, and cite the prohibition and cautious attitude towards food additives in the European Union and other western countries as a reference
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