Hong Kong authorities have found the toxic chemical
melamine in another Chinese brand of eggs, dampening hopes of any end to
the tainting scandal.
The eggs came from a farm in Dehui City
in China's northeastern Jilin province.
Hong Kong's Centre for Food
Safety is checking bakeries which may have bought the tainted eggs.
More than a quarter of a million children in China have
been made ill by food tainted with melamine, and six babies have died.
Hong Kong scientists first
found melamine in mainland eggs in October, and said they believed it came
from contaminated chicken feed.
Hong Kong's safety watchdogs
have continued to test hundreds of products every week.
The Centre for Food Safety said it had tested 307 egg
samples and found four of them to have almost twice the legal limit of
Scientists had set an allowable limit of 2.5 parts
per million of melamine in food, but the latest tests showed the eggs had
The eggs had been distributed through a local
importer in a wholesale food market.
The government has asked the importer to stop selling
them and is checking where the eggs may have been sold.
The products had been distributed to some bakeries
but not to any other retail outlets, a spokesman for the centre said.
The tainting scandal, which began with the
discoveries of melamine in dairy products, has spread to other foodstuffs.
The Chinese government has promised to overhaul the
dairy industry and raise safety standards across food production.