The food processing company Heinz had some trouble when a video from one of their ketchup factories went viral.
Apparently, a few Heinz employees decided to ignore processing policies and toss a bunch of rotten tomatoes into a processing machine. Not only that, they were caught stepping on top of tomatoes that eventually got tossed into the machine as well.
Understandably, consumers were highly upset after watching the employees put garbage into a machine that would eventually produce countless bottles of ketchup to be distributed across several countries.
The incident allegedly took place just outside of Cairo, Egypt, where Heinz owns and operates a factory to distribute their world-renowned ketchup.
Unfortunately for Heinz, it seems that at least one employee knew that what was happening in their plant was wrong and decided to not only capture video of the matter but snap a few photos as well. Since then, it has been brought to light that the some of the employees in the plant either didn’t want to waste the time it would take to discard several containers full of rotten tomatoes or were ordered by management not to throw them away.
After the public backlash, Heinz was eventually forced to make a statement in which they tried to explain away the incident. Saying that the “edited” video gave an “unreal picture,” the company then went on to insist that they are “100 percent committed to quality.”
“The edited footage shows an unreal picture and neglects the processing stages, hence gives the wrong impression. It is important for everyone to know that we use only healthy tomatoes, all of which are processed using industry-best standards. As always, we remain 100 percent committed to the cleanliness and quality of our tomatoes and the safety of our consumers.”
Not everyone is buying their story because when proper quality control is adhered to, this kind of thing never happens.
This is what happens when careless, cheap-labor is hired that won’t strictly follow healthy food processing guidelines.
This should convince anyone that Americans should never purchase food products that originate from countries that do not pay employees well or care if they are handling food properly. Only buy from companies who process your food right here in the U.S.A.
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The Daily Mail reported:
Ketchup giants Heinz say they are ‘100 per cent committed to quality’ after video emerged claiming to show rotten tomatoes being used at a factory in Egypt.
Footage circulating online, purportedly taken at a facility outside Cairo, shows a man standing on open boxes of tomatoes and hurling them in to a huge outdoor vat.
The firm immediately hit back saying allegations about the quality of their production line were both ‘completely misleading and inaccurate’.
While Heinz Egypt did not deny the footage showed their facility, the company insisted the ‘edited’ video gave an ‘unreal picture’.
It said in a statement: ‘The edited footage shows an unreal picture and neglects the processing stages, hence gives the wrong impression.
‘It is important for everyone to know that we use only healthy tomatoes, all of which are processed using industry-best standards.
‘As always, we remain 100 percent committed to the cleanliness and quality of our tomatoes and the safety of our consumers.’
But furious customers in Egypt say the statement did not go far enough to dispel fears over quality and have demanded that Heinz produce their own video showing how the famous sauce is created.
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