CHANGCHUN, Dec.4 (Xinhua) -- City
government authorities in northeast China's Jilin Province are now
investigating a local company, which has been accused by Hong Kong, for
allegedly selling eggs containing large amounts of melamine.
Centre for Food Safety announced late Tuesday it had found excessive
amounts of the industrial chemical in eggs supplied by Jiayuan
Farm Produce and By-Products Trading Co. Ltd.,which is based in Dehui.
A spokesman from Dehui City government said he learned of
the possible contamination from media reports early Wednesday. That's when
an emergency investigative group, to be led by vice mayor Zhao Wenbo, was established.
Administration for Industry and Commerce confirmed it is holding 60 boxes
of eggs in Jiayuan's warehouse Wednesday
afternoon for testing.
Egg and feed samples were sent to Jilin's Provincial
Bureau of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine for lab work that
same day. Results have not been released.
Centre for Food Safety said it found 4.7 parts per million (ppm) of melamine in eggs from the northeast Chinese
company. Hong Kong's legal limit is 2.5 ppm.
In a separate incident in late Oct.,
excessive amounts of melamine were found in egg samples from China's
Dalian Hanwei Enterprise Group and by another
processing plant in Gong'an County. Those
contaminated eggs also ended up in Hong Kong.