China queries NZ about chemical residue in milk
The impact of the detection of chemical residues in dairy products originating from New Zealand found in Chinese market is still spreading.
Although the New Zealand government publicly ensured that the New Zealand dairy products are safe, Chinese consumers still have doubts.
Yesterday, the Ministry of Health announced on its website that the China Food Safety Risk Assessment Center has organized setting up detection methods and took samples tests after the case been reported by the media.
In a media briefing held by the Ministry of Health on Jan. 28, Wu Yongning, chief expert of China Food Safety Risk Assessment Center said, dicyandiamide (DCD) can prevent nitrogen loss and can prevent nitrogen from turning into nitrate to pollute environment. The substance is among existing registration of fertilizer in China. Currently, there is no official limit on amount from international organizations.
China Food Safety Risk Assessment Center has taken timely measures to detect and test samples after media reports. The Center are consulting international experts, using the results of animal experiments, and the final results are still in process of argumentation.
The State General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine also said on Jan. 28 that it would continue to pay attention to and investigate the tainted New Zealand milk powder incident and asked New Zealand for risk assessment report as soon as possible.
On the same day, New Zealand Ambassador to China apologized to consumers for the doubts caused by DCD case.
Read the Chinese version:卫生部已采样检测新西兰乳品
Reporter: Hu Xiaohong
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