Product safety watchdog in southern China issues recall of cooking oil suspected of containing high doses of carcinogenic mildew; oil produced by Fusheng Oil, Manyi Peanut Oil, Mabao Oil
December 29, 2011
– A product saftey watchdog in southern China has issued a food recall of cooking oil that is suspected of containing high doses of a carcinogenic mildew, triggering public concern after it was recently found in milk products from a popular dairy, Xinhuanet reported Dec. 29.
The recall included cooking oil produced by three companies in Guangdong province Fusheng Oil, Manyi Peanut Oil, Mabao Oil. The oil products are suspected to contain excessive levels of aflatoxin.
It’s not known how much of the three companies' tainted products entered the market.
Aflatoxin is bacteria produced by a fungus that commonly grows on crops like grains and peanuts. High levels of the toxin may lead to cancer in some animals.
An initial investigation showed that the contamination was caused by mildewed feed given to cows in the dairy's plant in southwest Sichuan province.
The primary source of this article is Xinhuanet, Beijing, China on Dec. 29, 2011.