China’s Ministry of Health announced on its website that the China Food Safety Risk Assessment Center has organized setting up detection methods and took samples tests for DCD.
Wu Yongning, chief expert of China Food Safety Risk Assessment Center told a media briefing, dicyandiamide (DCD) can prevent nitrogen loss and can prevent nitrogen from turning into nitrate to pollute the environment. The substance is among existing registration of fertilizer in China.Currently, there is no official limit on amount from international organizations.
The Ministry said the China Food Safety Risk Assessment Center has taken timely measures to detect and test samples after media reports. The Center are consulting international experts,using the results of animal experiments, and the final results are still in process of argumentation.
The State General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine earlier said it that it would continue to pay attention to and investigate the tainted New Zealand milk powder incident and asked New Zealand for risk assessment report as soon as possible.
“We contacted concerned departments in New Zealand multiple times after its Ministry for Primary Industries announced on Jan 24 it had ordered to suspend the use of fertilizers containing dicyandiamide on the country’s pastures,” Fu Wenbiao, deputy director of the General Office of the General Administration of Quality Supervision,Inspection and Quarantine, said at a news conference. “We will continue to pay attention to, and investigate, the issue.”
Low levels of dicyandiamide, or DCD, a low toxicity chemical, were found in dairy products produced in New Zealand. But fertilizer companies have since suspended use of DCD .