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China bans toxic melamine in food products

China says it has banned melamine from food products. The chemical was found in exports of vegetable protein shipped to the US.

At the same time, China denies that it is the cause of dozens of pet deaths in North America.

The Food and Drug Administration suspects the substance is to blame.In a statement, China's Foreign Ministry says there is no evidence to support the FDA claim, but pledges to cooperate with the US in an investigation.
It is China's first detailed response to concerns that emerged a month ago about the country's wheat and rice gluten exports. China has said it is investigating the matter, but had not acknowledged until today that Chinese companies had shipped gluten tainted with melamine to the United States.

The ministry said the contaminated vegetable protein managed to get past customs without inspection because it had not been declared for use in pet food.

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(Source: Associated Press)

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