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Police confiscate 77 mln contaminated gel capsules

(Xinhua)

08:14, April 23, 2012

BEIJING, April 22 (Xinhua) -- The Ministry of Public Security said Sunday that it has confiscated 77 million capsules made from toxic chromium-contained industrial gelatin.

The ministry have arrested nine suspects, detained 54 and sealed 80industrial gelatin and gel capsule manufacturing lines, the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry deployed local branches in Hebei, Zhejiang and Jiangxi provinces to investigate the toxic capsule case immediately after the scandal was exposed last week, it said. To date it has investigated seven related cases.

The local drug watchdog said on Sunday that it has seized 1,317 kilograms of capsules in Jiangxi that it suspected were made from the industrial gelatin.

Meanwhile, an employee of the Hebei Xueyang Glair Gelatin Factory was detained by police Saturday evening, after allegedly setting fire to the plant on instruction from his superiors, in a bid to destroy the evidence.

The ministry promised to fully cooperate with the food and drug administrations to conduct a nationwide overhaul of capsule production to ensure the toxic capsules are destroyed. The case of the industrial-gelatin contaminated gel capsules has resulted in public uproar.

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