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Melamine Scandal Resurfaces In China

China has arrested three more people for dealing in milk and milk powder tainted with melamine, a compound used in plastics and fertilizer that caused a massive food safety scandal last year, the Xinhua news agency said. The tainted milk powder dates to mid-2008 but was sold to dairy firms and food companies in late

China To Boost Rural Support

China will increase agricul tural subs idies, investment and financial services to rural areas in an effort to spur development and boost domestic consumption, the Xinhua news agency reported Jan. 31. A document jointly issued by the State Council, China’s cabinet, and the Communist Party’s Central Committee said the measures aimed to “better co-ordinate” urban


In Brief… – for Oct. 22, 2009

Mexico tries GM corn: Mexico, considered by many to be the cradle of corn, has issued permits to grow genetically modified corn for the first time in a bid to eventually boost production of the grain. Mexico’s Agriculture Ministry said the two permits will allow only experimental genetically modified (GM) corn crops, which will be

China Checking Its Bins

China will investigate its huge grain stocks to see if they match reported levels, the official Xinhua news agency reported. All grain silos and stocks written on books will be verified to provide a “clear and true book” for government bodies responsible for managing reserves and production, Vice-Premier Li Keqiang was quoted as telling a

Arrests For Banned Pig Drug In China

Fifteen people in China’s southern province of Guangzhou were arrested for selling pigs that had been fed banned drugs to make their meat leaner, Xinhua news agency reported March 19. The pigs had been fed ractopamine, a drug that is used as a feed additive to promote leanness in pigs. The feed additive Paylean, a


Pig Organs make 46 ill in China

Forty-six people in China’s southern province of Guangdong have suffered food poisoning after eating pig organs that contained an animal feed additive, the official Xinhua news agency said Feb. 19. All those who fell sick had eaten pig organs, said Wang Guobin, an official with the Guangzhou Municipal Public Health Bureau. Initial investigations showed the

China 2008 grain output seen at record

China is expected to have a fifth consecutive year of bumper harvests, with grain output this year seen at a record 528.2 million tonnes, official news agency Xinhua reported in late December. “The main tasks for 2009 will be to maintain the stable and quite fast development of agriculture and the rural economy, by all