Chinese Regulators Destroy Tons of Tainted Animal Feed
(New York Times
By DAVID BARBOZA
Chinese regulators said over the weekend that they had
confiscated and destroyed more than 3,600 tons of animal feed tainted with
melamine, an industrial chemical that has contaminated food supplies in
In what appeared to be
The aggressive moves come amid growing worries that the animal feed industry could be contaminated by melamine, endangering the national food supply and posing a health threat to consumers.
In the past week and a half, eggs produced in three provinces were found to be tainted with high levels of melamine. And in September, melamine-tainted infant formula was blamed for sickening more than 50,000 children and causing at least four deaths.
Regulators in the southern
An official at the Agriculture Ministry said that the government would mete out harsh punishment to those who were deliberately adding melamine to animal feed.
It is illegal for any individual or any enterprise to add melamine into feed, and we will crack down uncompromisingly on melamine, Wang Zhicai, director of the animal husbandry and livestock bureau at the Agriculture Ministry, said Saturday, according to a transcript of his news conference.
But government officials also said that
The government response was similarly reassuring early last year when several animal feed makers were caught exporting melamine-tainted feed ingredients to the United States and other countries, resulting in contaminated pet food supplies that sickened and killed cats and dogs.
That case led to the largest pet food recall in American
history. Melamine dealers in
Still, some food safety officials are asking consumers not
to be too alarmed. Although contaminated eggs found in
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