Food safety regulators in Shenzhen, Guangdong, say they’ve found carcinogenic mildew in peanuts and cooking oil:
The Shenzhen market supervision bureau said it found up to 4.3 times the permitted level of aflatoxin in peanuts sold in two supermarkets and one frozen food store, and up to four times the allowed level of aflatoxin in cooking oil in four restaurants.
Fungi and the aflatoxin they produce can infect crops before harvest or during harvesting and storage. The tainted crops then enter the food chain either directly, or indirectly via animal feed.
On Thursday, food safety officials recalled cooking oil produced by three companies in Guangdong they may contain excessive levels of aflatoxin.
The companies’ storage facilities were closed and licenses revoked as authorities continue the investigation. Their factories were ordered to suspend operations, officials with the provincial bureau of quality supervision, inspection and quarantine said Thursday.
It was not immediately known how much of the three companies’ tainted products entered the market.
The same substance caused a huge uproar when national regulators said they found it in high doses in dairy products from Mengniu. Latest checks by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), which covered all major dairy producers, including Mengniu, Yili, Bright and Sanyuan, however, show that aflatoxin levels were now “back to normal”. Believe that if you will.
Lots more cancer-causing stuff here.