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Insects also come to play soy sauce?

Haitian flavor industry, known as “Maotai in soy sauce”, has recently fallen into the whirlpool of public opinion due to the media report of “maggots in soy sauce bottles”.

In response to the above media reports, Zhang Xin, Director Secretary of Haitian flavor industry, recently responded to xiaoshidai that the company’s product production process will be ultra-fine filtration, high temperature pasteurization, and there are no insects in the products. She also said that, with regard to the events reported by the media, at present, the company “has no internal investigation process at all.”

According to previous media reports, on September 16 and September 9, consumers reported that maggots were found in bottles of Haitian soy sauce purchased by themselves within the shelf life. According to a microblog video released on August 27 by a microblog user named “Huai’an whistleblower”, some citizens reported that maggots were found in the bottles of Haitian soy sauce they bought.

On the issue of “maggots in soy sauce bottles”, Zhang Xin told the food agency that such incidents were not a matter of enterprise quality control at all.

“Insects in soy sauce are very common in summer. The main reason is that if the lid is not covered properly, the aroma of soy sauce will attract flies, and one kind of flies will produce insects directly.” Zhang Xin also said.

So, how do food safety experts view the problem of “soy sauce infestation”?

Dr. Zhong Kai, director of Kexin food and nutrition information exchange center, said in reply to the inquiry of the snack agent today that the incident that consumers reported by the media found the insects in Haitian soy sauce should have occurred after the soy sauce was opened, so it is not a food safety incident. If consumers eat raw soy sauce, the worst case is that they may have diarrhea.

He also believes that “insects in soy sauce” should be a small probability event for the whole soy sauce category, but it is common for different soy sauce brands.

“As long as consumers don’t keep it properly, it will happen no matter what brand of soy sauce it is. From the perspective of season, it mainly appears in summer and autumn. But this has nothing to do with the way soy sauce is processed. ” Zhong Kai said.

So, how can we avoid the problem of soy sauce insects?

In this regard, Zhong Kai believes that consumers are advised to pay more attention to the sanitary condition of the kitchen and the way food is stored. “No matter the food or seasonings are not properly stored, they may be patronized by mosquitoes.”.

In fact, Haitian has released a product control detail entitled Haitian sauce in September 18th at official account, official WeChat public number and Haitian soy sauce official micro-blog. 》In this paper, 10 details about the environment inside and outside the workshop, soy sauce production facilities, production and filling process, product testing and product traceability are introduced in detail.

In addition, the above article also gives suggestions to consumers, that is, because the natural fermented soy sauce is rich in nutrition and aroma, the soy sauce after opening the bottle must be covered and the bottle mouth must be wiped clean.

“If the lid is not covered, the aroma of soy sauce will attract flies. There is a kind of fly called hypo Sarcophagidae that can produce insects directly in soy sauce It is pointed out in the article.

At the end of this paper, the research results on the causes of soy sauce insects published by Guangdong Institute of biological resources application, which were reprinted by the media, were also given. Qiu Xuehong, a researcher at the Guangdong Institute of biological resources application, points out that Sarcophaga sativa likes to produce insects in soy sauce products, such as bean paste and soy sauce. The larvae produced directly can also survive and grow in high salt environment.

The research results also pointed out that the common phenomenon in daily life, such as soy sauce producing insects, “the root cause is that this” egg viviparous “reproduction mode of M.sativa, which can directly produce larvae, is generally suspected that soy sauce itself can not carry flies’ eggs and hatch adults.”.

Qiu Xuehong also gave the relevant “insect prevention strategy”, suggesting that for soy sauce and other soy sauce foods that are easy to attract flax fly, the mouth and body of the bottle should be wiped clean and the bottle cap should be covered after use. If possible, it is suggested to store them in the refrigerator.

In addition, according to a paper on “strengthening the safety management of soy sauce” in the professional journal “Chinese condiment”, soy sauce enterprises should pay attention to avoid the pollution caused by dust, rats and flies in the production vehicle workshop. At the same time, consumers must store soy sauce in strict accordance with the storage method specified on the product packaging, pay attention to the environmental conditions (temperature and humidity), pay attention to the product shelf life, and try to use it up within one month after opening the bottle.

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