Local authorities in Guangzhou, south China’s Guangdong province detect excessive amounts of aflatoxin in five formula products that were produced between July and December last year by Ava Dairy Co., Ltd. (Ava Dairy) based in Changsha, capital of central China’s Hunan province, on July 20, 2012. [Photo: Tencent.news.com]
Authorities in Guangzhou, capital of south China’s Guangdong province, said Sunday that they have discovered mildew contamination in some infant formula products during an ongoing dairy safety overhaul.
Excessive amounts of aflatoxin were detected in five formula products that were produced between July and December last year in central China’s Hunan province, according to a statement issued by the municipal industry and commerce department.
Four of the products were produced by Ava Dairy Co., Ltd. (Ava Dairy) based in Hunan’s capital of Changsha, while the fifth was produced by Hunan Ava Dairy Holdings Co., Ltd., the parent company of Ava Dairy, the statement said.
The department has ordered retailers to suspend sales of the products pending further investigation.
Food safety authorities in Changsha city on Sunday launched a comprehensive investigation of the companies following the news in Guangzhou.
Aflatoxin is produced by a fungus that commonly grows on grain and peanuts. High levels of the toxin have been shown to lead to cancer in animal tests.
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Legislation banning the display of cigarettes at retail outlets has taken effect and shopkeepers who fail to comply face a fine of up to $10,000.
From Monday, retailers must keep all tobacco products out of public view.
Anti-tobacco campaigners are hailing the ban as a victory, saying research has shown the colourful stands of cigarettes appeal to children and people trying to quit.
But the Retailers Association says it’s concerned that the requirement to keep cigarettes under the counter or locked away in cabinets could, in fact, create a security risk for retailers.
It says it could present an opening for opportunist thieves to steal items when shop staff are busy getting cigarette packets from a locked-away area.
The Ministry of Health says it is committed to making New Zealand smoke free by 2025.
The ban will be policed by enforcement officers working on behalf of the country’s district health boards.
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The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has said that as of July 1, acupuncturists and Chinese herbal medicine practitioners must be registered under the national registration and accreditation scheme with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA).
A screenshot of the official website of Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) [Photo: Agencies]
Five thousand Chinese medicine and acupuncture clinics are reportedly in Australia now. They serve about 2.8 million people every year and 80 percent of the patients are native English speakers.
“Some of the traditional Chinese medicines, such as acupuncture, massage and other treatments can cure a number of diseases that can’t be done by western medicine, especially some chronic diseases,” claimed an unidentified surgeon from Westmead Hospital in Sydney.
“This initiative by the Australian government not only legalizes Chinese medicine, but also raises the social status of Chinese medical practitioners.” Deng Li, Australian correspondent from CRI said. “Chinese medicine now enjoys a high degree of social recognition in Australia.”
However some of famous Chinese medicine doctors in Australia are without BA, MA or PhD degrees and complain about the requirements for governmental registration such as a high educational level and English proficiency.
A Chinese herbal pharmacy. Chinese herbs have been used for centuries. Among the earliest literature are lists of prescriptions for specific ailments, exemplified by the manuscript “Recipes for 52 Ailments”, found in the Mawangdui tombs which were sealed in 168 BC. [Photo: Agencies]