• Follow Us: 

Cancer-Causing Chemical Found in Baby Milk in China

  By posted Jul 26th 2012
Buzz

undefined
*Text courtesy IANS

*Images courtesy: © Thinkstock photos/ Getty Images

Five batches of an infant formula milk powder made by a Chinese company have been found to be tainted with a highly toxic aflatoxin, a substance that can cause severe liver damage or even cancer.

The Nanshan Bywise milk powder, produced by the Hunan AVA Dairy Co., failed tests conducted by the Guangzhou Industrial and Commercial Administration Bureau, the Global Times reported Monday.

Another milk product brand, Bright Dairy, also failed recent sample tests.

An analyst said the claim would hurt the producer's sales and push consumers further away from domestic brands.

"The scandal will surely dampen the short-term sales of Nanshan," said a dairy industry analyst at Beijing Orient Agribusiness Consultant.

The firm said it has not received the test results, and were still verifying the news.

The cancer-causing aflatoxin tends to form when fodder for milk cows, like corn and peanuts, are stored for a long time in poorly-ventilated places.

Domestic dairy companies were badly hit after melamine was found in milk products in 2008.

In December 2011, food items of leading dairy producer Mengniu were also found to contain aflatoxin.

China presents huge potential for milk powder consumption, with 16 to 20 million new births annually.

 

Food Facts

What Happens To Your Body When You Skip Breakfast?

Your alarm didn’t go off, you woke up late and now you’re running late for work -...

 Read More»

 

Health Care

15 Health Mistakes You Will Regret in the Next 15 Years

For better or for worse, things will change. The decisions you make today will reflect on...

 Read More»

 

Must Read

Street Jazz to Oomph up Your Health

Street jazz is a modern-day dance style that stems from other dance forms like hip-hop,...

 Read More»

 

In Focus

Fit To Inspire

 

Editor's Pick

Most Popular

Across The Net