Tainted Mengniu Milk Products Caused by Mildew

By Bloomberg News – Dec 27, 2011

Mildewed feed given to cows caused excessive levels of Aflatoxin M1 in milk products made by China Mengniu Dairy Co. and Changfu Dairy Co., according to a Xinhua News Agency report posted the website of the country’s quality regulator.

Excessive levels of Aflatoxin M1 were found in two batches of milk products made by the two companies, according to test results released by the website of General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine on Dec. 24.

Aflatoxin M1, considered to be a possible human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, had originated from cows eating mildewed feed, an official at the quality agency told Xinhua, citing reviews by experts. It would disappear if the animals stop eating the feed, the official said.

Changfu, based in the southeastern province of Fujian, appologized over the incident and started to recall of the milk products to destory them, it said on its website yesterday.

Mengniu, China’s largest dairy maker based in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, also destroyed a a batch of the contaminated milk products, the company said on its website on Dec. 25.

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