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'Safe to drink' but maker of Jiugui issues an apology

By Xu Chi (Shanghai Daily)

09:51, November 23, 2012

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DRINKING 500 grams, or just over half a liter, of plasticizer-tainted Jiugui liquor a day is not harmful to health, quality watchdogs said yesterday in a statement that sparked disbelief online.

"Have the watchdogs reached such a conclusion by drinking the problem liquor every day throughout their life?" was one comment on

Another said: "Never mind the plasticizer, drinking 500 grams of Chinese distilled liquor every day might cost you your life."

However, despite the watchdogs' assurances, the Hunan Jiugui Liquor Co yesterday apologized to customers and investors following tests earlier this week that showed excessive levels of toxic chemicals in samples of its product.

The listed company is to scrutinize every link in its transportation and packaging processes, determine the cause of the contamination and make rectifications, it said in a statement to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.

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