The 315 Gala, an annual show produced by China Central Television focusing on the protection of consumers' rights,
revealed the lack of hygiene in the processing of pickled cabbage, at the Hunan Chaqi Vegetable Co Ltd. this year.
A video showed workers, some wearing slippers, some barefoot, stepping on the pickled cabbage.
Others were smoking and one even threw the cigarette butt directly into the cabbage.
The topic immediately went viral on social media as consumers are concerned after eating the pickled cabbage flavored instant noodles.
Master Kong said it has since suspended its cooperation with the pickled cabbage supplier concerned.
It also apologized for its lapse and said it quickly ensured all related products were taken off the shelves.
E-commerce platforms like JD.com, Taobao later removed the pickled cabbage flavored instant noodles and other related products with the ingredient.
According to Chaqi's website, its partners include KFC, Master Kong and many other businesses.
The company also said that it has established strategic cooperative relations with many well-known enterprises, such as Uni-President and McDonald's, on product processing and direct supply of raw materials.
However, Chaqi's website was shut down right after the 3.15 Gala.