The workers, who included three French nationals and five local staff, were arrested in 2017 after the city’s food safety authorities discovered the bakery was using out-of-date flour during an inspection of one of their outlets and a company warehouse.
Officials were alerted after a former Farine employee posted on Chinese social media platform Weibo claiming the chain was using expired and moldy ingredients from France.
Of the eight accused, six of them received punishment, including French citizen and former production manager Laurent Fortin, who received a suspended jail term of two years and five months and fined ¥60,000. Fortin was the focus of a campaign by his family calling for his release and they petitioned the French government to intervene, claiming he was made a scapegoat by Farine.
The other French defendants were Marion Claudia Christine Tuduri, who was given a three-year suspended sentence and fined ¥150,000, and Damien Joseph Armand Ortal, who received two years and two months and a ¥50,000 fine.
Two Chinese workers were let off without penalty.
According to AFP, suspended sentences typically means the accused aren’t required to go to prison and may have their term reduced or waived if they remain on good behavior.