The US food and beverage giant, PepsiCo is among other foreign companies from 20 countries that China's State Council watchdog has blacklisted for having failed the country's quality-inspection tests.
In a monthly report by a State Council watchdog in charge of product quality, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, released late last week, said that 152 imported food and cosmetics products were deemed unqualified in border checks in July.
PepsiCo had imported nearly 38 tons of frozen orange concentrates in July from Brazilian company, Louis Dreyfus Citrus Trading LDA, which were found to contain excessive yeast-an addictive that causes foods to spoil faster.
PepsiCo-China responded yesterday by saying in a statement that the frozen orange juice imported in July with excessive yeast was found by the company itself during its routine quality inspection.
"PepsiCo applies strict quality testing standards to imported fruit juice concentrates and accepts under no circumstances products that fail to meet quality inspection standards," the statement said.
PepsiCo China public relations official, said the company found the orange juice concentrates imported from Brazil to be substandard and had bought it to the notice of the Chinese Customs.