Fake ketchup factory found

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Fake ketchup factory found
Aftermath of a counterfeit ketchup explosion at warehouse in N.J. (Photo: Dover Code Enforcement Department)
Aftermath of a counterfeit ketchup explosion at warehouse in N.J. (Photo: Dover Code Enforcement Department)

A ketchup counterfeiting operation in New Jersey is making consumers think twice about what they’re putting on their food.

Officials discovered the fake ketchup factory after tenants complained about flies and rotten odors coming from another part of the 7,000-square-foot warehouse in Dover, N.J. They found thousands of plastic bottles labeled Heinz ketchup, many of which had exploded after being abandoned in the hot building.

Heinz representatives say that they think someone bought large containers of regular Heinz Ketchup and poured it into bottles labeled “Simply Heinz,” a higher-priced product made with cane sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup. Late Friday, they reached out to reassure consumers, saying that it was unlikely the counterfeit condiment ended up on store shelves.

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