September 25, 2008

Contaminated fish feed not linked with China

Fish feed made from contaminated squid powder was not made with Chinese export products.

China said on Tuesday, 23 September 2008 that a preliminary investigation found that fish feed made from contaminated squid powder, which was reportedly found in the Republic of Korea (ROK), was not made with Chinese export products.


Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Jiang Yu said in a regular press briefing that the relevant Chinese departments have carried out investigations on the country's export of powdered squid innards since reports of this issue were revealed on Friday, 19 September 2008 and found that those claimed products were not from Chinese companies.


According to ROK media reports, locally distributed fish feed had been found to be contaminated with the chemical melamine, known to cause kidney-related problems in humans.


The ROK government said it had found traces of the chemical in feed made by a domestic company that produced the feed from powdered squid intestines, which reportedly came from both the ROK and China, and were supplied to 16 fish farms beginning in March.


Of the 619 tonnes of feed produced by the company, 583 tonnes were sold while 29 tonnes were recalled. Jiang also said that the ROK authorities are investigating how the industrial chemical got into the fish feed.


The Chinese government has paid great attention to the issue, and is ready to strengthen cooperation with the food security departments of the countries and regions concerned.

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