October 27, 2008


Canada to test China dairy ingredients, soymeal for melamine


Canadian food safety agencies are to test Chinese dairy contents and soymeal which will be used for Canadian livestock feed.


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency(CFIA) and the Canada Border Services Agency said they will thoroughly inspect soymeal, dairy products such as whole, skim or partly skimmed milk powder, whey powder, modified whey product and casein products; dairy protein concentrates and recycled dairy food products such as liquid milk, yogurt or infant formula from China.


The CFIA also said importers will now have to provide test results indicating that ingredients coming from China -- either directly, or indirectly through other countries -- don't contain detectable levels of melamine and cyanuric acid. Results of analysis must also be provided at the time of importation, CFIA said. If an importer can't show that the product meets the new requirements, the product will be "detained and referred to the CFIA for assessment."


The CFIA's new feed directive follows a similar analysis and documentation regime imposed earlier this month on imports of foods containing milk or milk products from China, particularly foods and formula for infants. The country has set new interim standards for maximum levels of melamine and cyanuric acid in foods.


The new interim standards will only make minimal allowances for melamine to find its way in food through "environmental exposure" such as in packaging or processing, rather than through deliberate spiking.

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