Tomato sauce giant Heinz has had its quality questioned after a video emerged reportedly showing rotten tomatoes being used at a factory in Egypt.
The footage taken from the factory outside Cairo shows a man standing on open boxes of discoloured tomatoes and throwing them in to a outdoor vat.
But a spokeswoman for parent company Kraft Heinz denied the allegations concerning their tomatoes, saying the video “was completely misleading and inaccurate”.
“The edited footage shows an unreal picture and neglects the processing stages, hence gives the wrong impression,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
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“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 per cent committed to the cleanliness and quality of our tomatoes and the safety of our consumers.”
The Heinz Egypt spokesperson said the footage made “unfounded allegations” about the companies operations and that the facility pictured was not the Heinz factory.
The video was reportedly aired on a state-run current affair program Entebah on the Al-Mehwar channel in Egypt earlier this week.
The video had circulated on social media outlets before it was picked up by the program.
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Local media is reporting the TV investigation has resulted in the arrest of one of Heinz Egypt’s managing directors.
Daily News Egypt said the arrest occurred after police raided the factory on October 6 and had seized two tonnes of tomato sauce made from rotten fruit.
“As for news concerning the detainment of Kraft Heinz factory manager for the presence of damaged products on factory site, the company asserts that these products are not for distribution,” the company said in a Facebook post.
“The company has full confidence in the integrity of investigation authorities and ensures its commitment and cooperation to provide the necessary documents to disclose the truth to the public.”
A Heinz Australia spokesperson said “there is no truth” to the matter.