In a recent published story, Heinz Corp is investigating how counterfeit bottles started to explode! A warehouse in Dover, N.J. was discovered to have hundreds of crates purported to be Heinz ketchup, which officials said may have been repackaged to sell for a profit.
Other tenants who rent the space in a 7,000-square-foot warehouse noticed that bottles of ketchup were exploding.
Heinz said fake ketchup bottles were labeled as Heinz's "Simply Heinz," its premium brand that uses sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup, which is found in its traditional version.
A 32 oz. bottle of "Simply Heinz Ketchup" and a 36 oz. bottle of Heinz Ketchup each have a suggested retail price of $2.99.
Dover Public Safety Director Richard Rosell told the Star-Ledger newspaper in New Jersey that the ketchup's sugars, mixed with acid from tomatoes and vinegar, had fermented in the heat and exploded. Tenants noticed the mess and city officials and Heinz were eventually contacted.
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