December 5, 2008


Melamine-tainted eggs discovered anew in China


Government authorities in Jilin Province are now investigating a local company accused by Hong Kong, for allegedly selling eggs containing large amounts of melamine.


Hong Kong's Centre for Food Safety announced late Tuesday (Dec 2, 2008) it had found excessive amounts of the industrial chemical in eggs supplied by Jiayuan Farm Produce and By-Products Trading Co. Ltd., which is based in Dehui.


Dehui City Administration for Industry and Commerce confirmed that it is holding 60 boxes of eggs in Jiayuan's warehouse Wednesday (December 3) afternoon for testing.


Egg and feed samples were sent to Jilin's Provincial Bureau of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine for lab work. Results have not been released.


Hong Kong's Centre for Food Safety said it found 4.7 parts per million (ppm) of melamine in eggs from the north-east Chinese company. Hong Kong's legal limit is 2.5 ppm.


In a separate incident in late October, excessive amounts of melamine were found in egg samples from China's Dalian Hanwei Enterprise Group and by another processing plant in Gong'an County. Those contaminated eggs were also discovered in Hong Kong.

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