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China closes half the nation’s dairies

April 4, 2011

telegraph

China on Sunday ordered the closure of nearly half the nation’s dairy companies in an attempt to clean up an industry blighted by scandal.

China on Sunday ordered the closure of nearly half the nation's dairy companies in an attempt to clean up an industry blighted by scandal.  

Dairy cows at a farm in Beijing Photo: ALAMY
By Peter Simpson in Beijing 4:43PM BST 03 Apr 2011
 

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, says of over 1,100 dairies inspected, 426 failed to pass the licensing renewal test.

Another 107 were ordered to suspend production until they improved operations.

Fearing many dairy owners will ignore the production ban and secretly resume operations, officials also issued a warning. “Production without a license will be strictly punished according to the law,” the agency said.

Like other parts of China‘s food sector, the dairy industry has been riddled with poisoning and toxin scandals that have repeatedly shaken consumer confidence.

At least six children died and nearly 300,000 fell ill in 2008 after they drank powdered milk laced with melamine, which gave misleadingly high readings of protein levels.

The industrial chemical was added by unscrupulous dairy owners to low quality or diluted milk to fool food inspectors.

And earlier this year, it was reported dairy manufacturers had illegally added a leather protein powder to their products in another bid to cheat protein-content checks.

Last month, the public was panicked once more when it was disclosed illegal additives were used in pig feed, so tainting one of the countries staples dishes, pork.

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  1. April 4, 2011 at 12:36 am

    About time too, though it does mean that any future poisoning would affect more people than previous problems.

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