July 1, 2011

 

China detects hazardous chemical in India's rapeseed meal cargoes
 

 

China's quality watchdog has warned Chinese importers that it has detected a hazardous chemical, malachite green, in shipments of rapeseed meal from India.

 

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, which found the chemical in cargoes shipped to Guangdong province, said such cargoes will in the future have to be returned or destroyed.

 

China has banned use of malachite green, which is usually used as an antiseptic, in animal feed, it said.

 

China's monthly imports of rapeseed meal notched a record 189,000 tonnes in May, the state-controlled China National Grain and Oils Information Centre (CNGOIC) said.

 

Rapeseed meal from India, priced at RMB1,850 (US$286)/tonne after tax, is much cheaper than domestic supplies, which are changing hands around RMB2,020-2,080 (US$312-322)/tonne, it said.

 

In January-May, China imported 771,000 tonnes of rapeseed meal, up 82% from a year earlier, the CNGOIC said, citing figures from the General Administration of Customs.

 

Imports from India in January-May surged 89% from a year earlier, to 351,000 tonnes, it said.

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