Update: China Detains 6 People for Contaminated Wine

on 28/12/10 at 9:47 am

Wine

China detained six people in the northern province of Hebei for allegedly producing contaminated wines with chemicals, the country’s quality watchdog said in a statement today.

The city government in Qinghuangdao, Hebei has frozen 2.8 million yuan ($423,000) in 16 bank accounts of companies that are allegedly producing sub-standard wines, according to a statement on the website of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

The Chinese government has been working to enhance the nation’s food safety standards two years after at least six infants died and about 300,000 children fell sick drinking milk tainted with melamine, a toxic chemical.

China’s new food safety rules need to be enforced to help improve standards of domestic food producers, Peter Ben Embarek, a food safety officer with the World Health Organization, said in October.

Source: Bloomberg

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