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Licenses pulled for two capsule manufacturers

Updated: 2012-04-20 08:02
By Shan Juan ( China Daily)

China's top drug authority revoked the production licenses of two gel capsule manufacturers in Zhejiang province amid a scandal over chromium-contaminated medicine capsules.

Since the scandal was exposed by a China Central Television report on Sunday, police have detained 32 people who allegedly produced and sold capsules made from industrial gelatin, which contains excessive levels of chromium.

According to an online statement issued by the State Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, the administration ordered the Zhejiang provincial drug authority to revoke the production licenses of the Huaxing and Zhuokang plants for unspecified "grave violations of laws and regulations".

Licenses pulled for two capsule manufacturers