News last update:6 Aug 2012

China may set limit to melamine in feed

The Chinese Agriculture Ministry sources said the authorities might revise production standards for animal feed following the tainted eggs episode, China Daily reported Wednesday.

Current rules set no limit for melamine content in animal feed, the newspaper said. The industrial chemical was recently also found in eggs exported to Hong Kong. Dalian city authorities in northeast China said the tainted eggs were produced by a local company on Sept 6 and vowed 'severe punishment" of those responsible.

An investigation was underway, said the official Xinhua News Agency but the company was not named. The Hong Kong government said on Saturday that eggs produced by a unit of China's Dalian Hanwei Enterprise Group based in the northeastern Dalian port city contained excessive melamine and it may be related to chicken feed. The content of melamine discovered was 4.7 parts per million (ppm) of melamine in the eggs, above the Hong Kong limit of 2.5 ppm.

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