China says checks on food exporters have turned up
no sign of a chemical blamed for the deaths of cats and dogs in North America,
and urged US authorities not to take further action against Chinese
The government body responsible for overseeing food safety said it
accompanied US Food and Drug Administration inspectors on visits to two
companies blamed for the chemical contamination.
The incidents involving
Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. Ltd. and Binzhou Futian
Biology Technology Co. Ltd. were "special individual cases," the General
Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said in a
"We hope America will accurately and objectively deal with
problems among individual companies and not take stringent measures against
other Chinese companies producing the same type of products," it
China says the two companies added melamine
to the gluten after failing to provide the protein level required in their
contracts. Melamine, used in plastics, fertilizers and flame retardants, has no
nutritional value but is high in nitrogen, making products to which it is added
it appear to be higher in protein. China has also accused the companies of
illegally mislabelling their exported products to avoid
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