China has suspended the import of tainted meat products from seven US
companies, including Tyson Foods Inc, the world's largest meat processor.
The products that included the main ingredients of some Chinese delicacies
such as pig ears and chicken feet contained salmonella, feed additives and
veterinary drugs, says the General Administration of Quality Supervision,
Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) website (www.aqsiq.gov.cn).
The other US companies on the ban list are Sanderson Farms Inc, Intervision
Foods, AJC International Inc, Cargill Meat Solutions Corp, Van Luin Foods USA
Inc and "Thumph Foods", which most likely is Missouri-based Triumph Foods.
The last three firms have been given 45 days to get their products in order.
But the suspension period for the other companies has not been specified.
In late June, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it would not
allow three types of farm-raised fish, as well as shrimp and eel, from Chinese
suppliers to enter its market till the companies prove they didn't contain any
AQSIQ chief Li Changjiang called the move "unacceptable", saying China, too,
detects many substandard food products from the US every year.
The AQSIQ yesterday said the local entry-exit inspection and quarantine
department in North China's Shanxi Province had found excessive amounts of
selenium in protein powder imported from US-based Jarrow Formulas Inc. The
products have been sent back.
Excessive amounts of selenium could lead to gastrointestinal disorders, hair
loss, neurological damage, cirrhosis of the liver and even death.
Zhu Zhe contributed to the story
(China Daily 07/16/2007 page1)