Most of seasonal strawberry products contain no actual fruit, analysis finds

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 04, 2019
By: Wu Liang-yi and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Most of the food products sold at convenience stores that claim to contain fresh strawberries instead

A man holds strawberries in Chiayi County on Tuesday.Photo: Liu Hsiao-hsin, Taipei Times

contain food additives and not the actual fruit, an investigative report by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (sister newspaper of the Taipei Times) has found.

Capitalizing on the strawberry season, which lasts from December to April, many convenience stores and food producers have launched products that purportedly contain fresh strawberries.

Of the nation’s four major convenience store chain operators, President Chain Store Corp’s (統一超商) 7-Eleven and Taiwan FamilyMart Co (全家便利商店) each sell about 40 products claiming to contain strawberries.

However, none of the products sold at 7-Eleven stores and only two at Taiwan FamilyMart stores actually contained strawberries, while of the 18 strawberry food products sold at Pxmart (全聯實業), only half contained the fruit, the report found.    [FULL  STORY]

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