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Uni-President Enterprise restocks dessert products

Staff writer, with CNA

Uni-President Enterprise Corp put seven of its dessert products back on store shelves yesterday, following a recall two weeks ago amid reports that they contain questionable or unacceptable ingredients.

The food giant recalled two pudding products and five ice cream items on May 31 after its raw material supplier, Rico Industrial, was found to have sold ingredients that had either passed their expiration dates or contained the industrial-grade preservative EDTV-Na2.

In a statement released yesterday, Uni-President said it had recalled more than 2 million units of the dessert products and sent samples to certified independent laboratories for safety tests.

All 192 test reports showed that the products were not tainted by expired ingredients or industrial additives, the statement said.

Nevertheless, all recalled products have been destroyed, the company said.

From yesterday, the products on store shelves are all freshly made and safety-certified by independent units, it added.

Meanwhile, Uni-President yesterday launched a four-day “buy one get one free” campaign in all of its retail channels, including supermarkets and shopping malls, as part of efforts to win back the trust of consumers.

It is the largest promotional move the food giant has ever prepared for its Uni-President puddings since the products’ launch in 1979.

The egg pudding with a layer of caramel on the bottom, now sold in two sizes, had been one of the company’s best-selling desserts until the recent food scare.

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