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
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.To receive free animal feed news, subscribe
(Source: Associated Press)
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