Crown Confectionery workers indicted over tainted products
Prosecutors said yesterday they had brought formal charges against seven employees from Crown Confectionery, the country’s fourth-largest confectionery company, for continuing to sell a product they knew was contaminated with a bacterium known to cause food poisoning.
According to the Seoul Western District Prosecutor’s Office, seven company employees were indicted on Wednesday. Of them, three were arrested.
Organic Wafer cookies were sold from March 2009 to August this year, despite having shown up positive for staphylococcus in a company test.
Crown Confectionery did not report the results to health authorities and kept them on shelves, selling approximately 990,000 products after the fact. The company announced it had recalled and would discontinue all Organic Wafer items. Staphylococcus can cause vomiting, nausea and fever.