Bright Dairy in the firing line again, this time for cheese

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 21 September, 2012, 9:14am

For the fifth time in three months, the Bright Dairy and Food Co has been hit with a food-quality scandal, with the latest incident involving cheese with an additive that is banned for babies.

The Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision said the diary giant changed the formula for Little Little Bright cheese, adding concentrated milk calcium. The cheese has been pulled from shelves.

The company claimed on Tuesday the product was being recalled because of misleading packaging, and that the additives were "natural and safe".

Three years ago, the Ministry of Health banned giving concentrated milk calcium to infants, saying the possible side effects were unknown.

A spokesman for parent company Bright Group said it would reassess the cheese name, packaging and formula and make changes to comply with the law.

He also said the company was dealing with "problems in management".

In June, 78 students in Yingshang county, Anhui province, fell ill after drinking Bright milk. Also that month, Bright Dairy issued a milk recall after a "technical" problem saw detergent finding its way into the company's Ubest fresh milk. A month later, the Guangzhou Industrial and Commercial Administrative Bureau said bacteria levels in Bright butter and low-fat cheese exceeded the maximum allowed.

Earlier this month, Shanghai residents who had Bright milk delivered to their homes found it had gone sour. The company said the milk was being transported at the wrong temperature.

The milk industry is still struggling to restore consumer confidence after a series of problems, including the melamine scandal in 2008.