Cancer-causing toxin found in Chinese milk
Beijing: Excessive levels of a cancer-causing toxin have been discovered in milk produced by one of China’s leading dairy companies.
China’s quality watchdog, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, found high levels of an aflatoxin in milk and milk products after it conducted a random check at Mengniu Dairy.
While the national standard allowed a maximum of 0.5 micrograms carcinogenic content in a kg of milk, the official test found 1.2 micrograms of the toxic substance in the Mengniu sample, The China Daily reports.
According to the test result published on the website of the general administration, the sample product was a 250 ml pack of pure milk produced on December 18.
Aflatoxin is virulent in terms of toxicity and is classified as a first-class carcinogen by the World Health Organization.
According to the paper, Mengniu apologized to consumers on its website on Sunday, without mentioning the cause of the incident.
Lu Jianjun, a spokesman for Mengniu said that the company has checked other batches, and no faulty products were found.
“Now Mengniu products in the market are all safe,” he added.
First Published: Tuesday, December 27, 2011, 15:42
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