China milk contained cancer toxins

2011-12-26 22:05

Beijing - China's biggest milk producer destroyed a batch found to have excessive levels of a cancer-causing toxin, in another safety scare for the country's dairy industry.

Mengniu Dairy Group said in a statement seen on its website on Monday that the problem was discovered before the milk containing high levels of aflatoxin was sold to the public.

"Mengniu would like to express our sincere apologies to consumers," the company said, adding none of the tainted products had made their way into the market.

"We will draw a big lesson from this incident and will work harder to meet all national and corporate standards on quality in the future," it said.

Aflatoxin is produced by a fungus that commonly grows in grain and legume crops such as peanuts, soybeans, corn and wheat. It can be found in the milk of animals that eat tainted crops.

High levels are toxic and carcinogenic, but aflatoxin is not considered harmful at low levels.

Mengniu's statement said the tainted milk was from one of its plants in Sichuan province in southwestern China. It did not say how much milk was destroyed or how high the aflatoxin levels were.

China's food chain, and especially the diary industry, has come under increased scrutiny in recent years because of a series of safety problems.

In 2008, at least six babies died and 300 000 became sick after being feed milk powder tainted with melamine. The industrial chemical is illegally added to dairy products to make them appear higher in protein.

A dairy farmer and a milk salesperson were executed and 19 other people were jailed for their role in selling the tainted milk products.

  • Kenjaymay - 2011-12-26 23:45

    Why are we still even talking to the Chinese?

      Juan - 2011-12-27 03:28

      They are our largest trading partner

      Yar - 2011-12-27 08:12

      @Juan Then you drink their milk.

      Yar - 2011-12-27 11:37

      @Johnson Their ancient civilisation has it's own problems: Vicious suppression of political dissidents The worst pollution in the world One child policy Government corruption even worse than ours (if that's possible) Invaded Tibet Harvesting organs from death row inmates NO political opposition Political prisoners used as cheap labour They pillage the worlds natural resources (our Rhino and Perlemoen) Just exactly do we talk to them again - I misunderstood the first time? PS: Western Civilisation is somewhat more than 200 years old.

      arne.verhoef - 2011-12-27 13:04

      Ah Johnson, you seem to be in somewhat of a dream state. Have a look at chinas human rights violations, living standards, etc etc etc, then you ask yourself: Why are we still talking to the chinese? Also, have a look at your timelines, you might be SLIGHTLY incorrect

      Yar - 2011-12-27 14:01

      @Johnson Yes, but what actually is your point? What are you getting at? The solution to our problems does not lie in Beijing. They are only in it for themselves.

  • herman.brummer - 2011-12-27 01:09

    Because they fund the ANC cronies.

      Wikkie - 2011-12-27 07:35

      The ANC and the Chinese deserve each other! God help us!

      Yar - 2011-12-27 11:48

      @Johnson You are completely delusional. Chinese have done nothing for corporate SA - least of all White business. Chinese companies mostly have 1 shareholder - The Chinese State. Chinese have done nothing to combat poaching, they have caused the problem because China is the biggest single market for illegal ivory. They have done nothing to save us from a recession, we are in it, or didn't you know. I guess you must be a dyed-in-the-wool ANC supporter and apologist for selling out our country to the Chinese.

      Yar - 2011-12-27 13:38

      @Johnson You are going around in circles. One moment China is and ancient civilisation, the next moment it is a poor developing country. Make up your mind. You list a number of companies that have benefited from China, including Solidarity, which is a trade union. Agriforum is a civil rights group. You are clueless. You say things for effect. You make no sense at all. You are a troll.

  • Xenswim1 - 2011-12-27 09:17

    I find this surprising as the Chinses traditionally do not cultivate cows becuase they use up too much space and are inefficient product producers when comnpare to dogs cultivated for their meat.

      Yar - 2011-12-27 13:28

      @Johnson I see you are carrying a few chips on your shoulders. You believe that everything from the West and Europe is bad. Except for that Mercedes Benz that you think you should be given.

  • nanjolly - 2013-01-29 15:28

    There's so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, That it ill behooves any of us to criticise the rest of us.

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