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China revokes license of companies entangled with tainted wheat gluten exports
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10:56, July 20, 2007

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China has revoked the business licenses of two companies that exported wheat protein tainted with toxic chemicals which were found in pet food in the United States, the quality control chief said on Friday.

Xuzhou Anying Biotechnology Development Company in Jiangsu Province and Binzhou Futian Biotechnology Co., Ltd. in Shandong Province - "unlawfully added melamine to some of their protein products exported to the United States", Li Changjiang, director of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, told a news conference.

The tainted wheat gluten has been blamed for a number of dog and cat deaths in North America.

"Investigations showed the two companies managed to get their products through customs and evade quality check-ups by labeling products as chemical ingredients," said Li.

Chemical ingredients are not subject to compulsory inspection in China.

He said the Xuzhou company had exported a total of 1,033 tons of wheat protein to the U.S. since its establishment in July 2006, and the Binzhou company exported 336 tons of rice protein and 24 tons of corn protein to the U.S. in addition to some products to South Africa and Switzerland.

The two companies added melamine to the wheat protein and rice protein in a bid to meet the contractual protein content requirements, Li said.

"Their behavior severely violated the country''s product quality and safety standards," he said.

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