China claims that American soybean exports contain pesticides, poisonous
weeds and dirt. "Numerous quality problems" have been found with American
soybeans, according to the website of the General Administration of Quality
Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.
"We've already made exchanges with the United States,
demanded an investigation into the cause, and asked that effective measures be
taken to improve the situation to avoid similar incidents from happening again,"
the Chinese watchdog agency said.
Biggest US export to
Soybeans, which are mainly crushed for oil and used as animal
feed, are the biggest single US farm export to China, according to the American
Soybean Association. China has bought billions of dollars worth since the
current market year began in September.
The US Food and Drug
Administration did not immediately comment on the
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