China has turned away 30 tonnes of frozen seafood from Australia that was
tainted with heavy metals.
The prawns and squid arrived in Zhanjiang port, southern Guangdong province,
where customs officials found lead and cadmium exceeded safety levels. The
Australian embassy in Beijing had no immediate comment on the
Quality of Chinese products
China's quality standards
came under the spotlight after tainted pet food caused deaths of cats and dogs
in the United States and toxins in toothpaste exported from China led to recalls
around the world.
Meanwhile, French food giant Danone said that five
container loads of Evian mineral water had failed inspection by Chinese
authorities because of an excessive amount of micro-organisms and would be
shipped back to France. Danone said in a statement that the five containers of
bottled water arrived in China in February and that the quality complied with
World Health Organisation standards.
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