News last update:6 Aug 2012

China doesn't want more company checks

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 producers.

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 statement.
"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 said.

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 inspections.

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