June 30, 2012


Bright Dairy recalls lye-tainted milk products



A batch of Bright Dairy's milk products have been recalled following the discovery that they are tainted with lye, a chemical used for cleaning pipes, bringing more worries on the dairy sector.


Investigators found hundreds of milk cartons tainted with lye, forcing Shanghai-based Bright Dairy & Food to recall its milk products.


An investigation conducted by the city's quality and technical supervision bureau found that food-grade lye that was used to clean pipes had leaked into and contaminated a production line at one of the company's plants on Monday (June 25), a bureau spokesman said.


The contamination was caused by a mechanical malfunction during regular maintenance procedures, state-run Xinhua quoted the spokesman as saying.


The Shanghai-listed company said in an earlier statement that it had removed the milk, sold in 950-ml packages, from retail shelves and tried to recover those packets that had already been sold to customers.


The bureau will analyse and evaluate Ubest milk products produced on Monday to look for possible safety hazards, according to the spokesman.


On June 14, Yili Industrial Group one of China's biggest dairy companies withdrew its baby food formula products after the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) found higher levels of mercury.

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