• search

Beijing bans turbot sales after carcinogens found

Written by: Staff
|

BEIJING, Nov 21 (Reuters) Beijing has banned the sale of turbot after the city's food safety watchdog detected high levels of cancer-causing agents in fish at several of the capital's fish markets, Chinese media reported on Tuesday.

Other cities, including coastal Tianjin, industrial Liaoning and northwestern Xi'an have also started inspections after officials in Shanghai discovered contaminated turbot on Friday, the state-run China Daily said.

Food safety has become a priority issue for China after a series of scandals over tainted or counterfeit products.

The Beijing News report did not say how the fish may have been exposed to carcinogens or where the fish may have come from, but it said most of the turbot sold at Beijing fish markets is shipped from the coastal Bohai Bay region.

Last week, Chinese media reported that China had killed more than 5,000 ducks that farmers fed with a cancer-causing dye to make the eggs look redder and fresher. The eggs were also banned from sale.

In August, nearly 40 people in Beijing contracted meningitis after they ate raw or partially cooked snails at a chain of Sichuan restaurants.

In 2004, a major health scandal erupted when China revealed that at least 13 babies had died from malnutrition in the country's impoverished eastern province of Anhui after being fed fake baby milk.

REUTERS SB VV1006

For Daily Alerts

For Breaking News from Oneindia
Get instant news updates throughout the day.

Notification Settings X
Time Settings
Done
Clear Notification X
Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
Settings X
X
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more