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Hong Kong Finds More Melamine-Tainted Eggs

The melamine-tainted eggs are getting to be like the melamine-tainted baby formula.

First there was one manufacturer whose products were found to be contaminated. Then there were many. Tests in Hong Kong have found three more brands of Chinese eggs containing high levels of the chemical. This all suggests the problems with food safety still run wide and deep, and that melamine has got into the animal feed supply chain.

Another similarity: a potential cover-up. Officials in Liaoning many have known of the problem eggs as long as a month ago, according to Beijing news reports, and imposed a news blackout. All sadly familiar sounding, and symptomatic of a food safety system that is responding slowly, if at all, to Beijing’s attempts to reform it.

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HK Extends Melamine Testing After Finding Chemical In Chinese Eggs

The melamine-tainted food scare just keeps on spreading. Hong Kong said tody that it is expanding its testing to include meat products imported from China after discovering excessive levels of the chemical in eggs yesterday.

The eggs, from Dalian Hanwei Enterprise Group, contained 4.7 parts per million of melamine, almost double the permitted maximum of 2.5 ppm, though only a hundredth of the levels found in some tainted diary products. The suspicion is that the contamination came from feed given to chickens that laid the eggs.

Last week, China’s health ministry said that more than 3,600 children remain sick after consuming melamine-tainted formula. Three are in serious condition.

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