tried to repair confidence in its dairy products on Thursday, saying the latest
chemical tests had come back clean, as the country's tainted milk scandal
reverberated around the world.
The food safety administration instructed stores to display
a list of trusted brands after spot checks of 65 companies' milk and yoghurt
found no signs of the industrial chemical melamine.
There was no clean bill of health, though, for powdered
milk. The food safety watchdog said on Wednesday that 31 more batches had
tested positive for melamine, which has been added to milk to cheat in quality
Thousands of children in China have fallen sick and four
have died after drinking melamine-laced milk.
The dairy scare, China's latest in a long line of
food safety problems, also prompted recalls and warnings abroad on Thursday.
health officials ordered stores to remove six types of Nestle dairy products
after tests found traces of contamination from China. They said there were no
health concerns but that the removals were necessary to reassure consumers.
Nestle officials said their products from China were safe and urged the Taiwan health department to introduce
"science-based standards" for melamine tests.
Elsewhere, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in the
German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg confirmed that "White Rabbit"
sweets from China sold in a
shop in Stuttgart
contained traces of melamine but posed no health risks if consumed.
In South Korea,
authorities found tiny amounts of melamine in milk products from New Zealand
that were used in baby formula and banned their import.
There were also reports that China
had promised Japan
and other trading partners that it would halt all exports of dairy products
until their safety was guaranteed.
Western diplomats could not confirm such a meeting and said China
may only have met with neighbouring countries.
Countries around the world have banned Chinese dairy
imports, or ordered them to be taken off shelves, as it became clear that
yoghurt and other products were also affected.
Scores of foreign companies have been forced to recall
products made with Chinese dairy ingredients, or to reassure customers their
goods are safe.
said the city government in Shijiazhuang, home
to the Sanlu Group whose contaminated milk sparked
the scare, sat on a report from the company about the tainting for more than a
month, while Beijing
hosted the Olympic Games.