China Milk Recall: Yili Recalls Mercury-Tainted Quan You Baby Formula Milk

By on Jun 19, 2012 in Asia, Business, Food, Health, World Comments
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A baby formula tainted with “unusual” level of mercury has been recalled by Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co (Yili), international news sites reported on Friday, June 15, 2012.

According to the company’s website as quoted in the reports, the recall started on Wednesday and applies only to Quan You (Quanyou in other reports) baby formula produced between last November and May.

Reports said that unusual levels of mercury in several batches of the Yili baby formula sold nationwide were detected by China‘s product quality watchdog, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).

“It’s possible the mercury could be due to imported whey powder. All Chinese processors use imported whey powder; it’s not made here,” Chen Lianfang, a dairy expert at Oriental Agribusiness in Beijing was quoted as saying.

High levels of mercury can cause damages to kidneys and brain, reports said.

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