China Nutrifruit Group Limited (NYSE Amex: CNGL) (“China Nutrifruit” or “the Company”), a leading producer of premium specialty fruit based products in China (“PRC”), today announced that the Company is conducting independent laboratory tests on its concentrate juice and glazed fruit products in response to a customer’s concern over product quality.
In December 2011, the Company was informed by its customer that China Nutrifruit’s concentrate juice and glazed fruit products contain higher than specified levels of sodium. The Company’s customer has requested China Nutrifruit for a full refund of the purchased products valued at approximately RMB50 million ($7.9 million). In response to this matter, the Company is currently performing independent laboratory tests to verify the product quality claims of its customer. As a precautionary measure, the Company has also implemented additional testing measures in its manufacturing process to ensure product quality.
Mr. Changjun Yu, Chairman of China Nutrifruit commented “Our business goal is to deliver healthy and nutritional fruit based products to our consumers and we will take every measure to ensure that. This is the only case of quality issue that has come to our attention. We are treating this matter very seriously and will carry out a thorough investigation. We are committed to stringent food quality control and safety standards. We have immediately set up a special investigation team to verify the claims of our customer and are prepared to take corrective measures, if required. We will announce the results of the laboratory tests as soon as the information is available. However, if verified, we are prepared to coordinate a voluntary recall and refund to our customer. This may have a negative impact to our financial and operation this year, nonetheless, our business operation remains normal as of today.”
China Nutrifruit’s manufacturing facilities are ISO9001 certified and meet the HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point) series qualifications.
About China Nutrifruit Group Limited
Through its subsidiaries Daqing Longheda Food Company Limited and Daqing Senyang Fruit and Vegetable Food Technology Company Limited, China Nutrifruit, is engaged in developing, processing, marketing and distributing a variety of food products processed primarily from premium specialty fruits grown in Northeast China, including golden berry, crab apple, blueberry, seabuckthorn, blackcurrant and raspberry. Its processing facility possesses ISO9001 and HACCP series qualifications. Currently, the Company has established an extensive nationwide sales and distribution network throughout 18 provinces in China. For more information, please visit http://www.chinanutrifruit.com.
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