The recent scandal over three brands of French cognac being blocked from entry into the Chinese market in the southern city of Shenzhen due to their excessive levels of plasticizers has damaged consumer confidence in the country.
According to reports, at least three brands – Camus, Frapin, and Remy Martin – are involved in the scandal.
“How could such a thing happen on Remy Martin. I think it is a good wine. If so, I don’t dare drink other wins any more,” said one customer at a supermarket in Shanghai.
Another customer said in addition to the French cognac scandal, others like the KFC scandal that has dealt with the issue over the misuse of antibiotics by its suppliers to fatten up poultry, and the European horse meat scandal have made consumers skeptical about food safety at home and abroad.
“The manufacturers should be responsible for the customers. Now we can’t say that foreign wines are absolutely good and domestic wines are unqualified,” another customer said.
It has been reported that China is now the largest market for cognac, and expansion in the market looks promising. However, such an incident may have a serious impact on sales of foreign wines in the Chinese market.
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