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FEED SCARE: China Press: Imports banned from 4 EU countries

Futures World News - June 10, 1999 05:43

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By Bridge News Beijing--Jun 10--China's Ministry of Health issued an urgent notice Wednesday banning imports of livestock and dairy products from Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Germany, where the products have been found to be contaminated with dioxin, the Economic Daily reported today. * * * The notice was quoted as saying imports of dairy and livestock products, including both raw materials and semi-finished products, produced by the 4 European countries since Jan 15, 1999 would be temporarily suspended. Sale of dairy and livestock products already imported from the banned countries produced since that date should be immediately halted, the notice said. The Ministry of Health will make further announcements after studying the issue, it said. China has already imported some livestock and dairy products, except beef, from the banned countries, the statement said without providing further details. Dioxin is a known cancer-causing chemical and the Ministry of Health issued the notice in accordance with China's Food Health Law. Send comments to Internet address grain@bridge.com End Jun-09-1999 22:49 GMT Source *B BridgeNews Global Markets Categories: N/LIV N/HGS N/CTL N/PTR R/CN R/ASI R/PRM R/EUR R/BE R/DE R/FR R/NL COM/LIVE

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