China Bans Italian Mozzarella Cheese Over Dioxin Concerns

Pizza HutFrom the front lines of the product safety wars, bad news for the growing coterie of Chinese pizza fans. From AFP:

China has banned the imports of Italian mozzarella cheese, the nation’s product quality watchdog said, after traces of the chemical dioxin, which may cause cancer, were found in the food.

Importers must immediately stop selling the cheese and recall any that has been sold, according to a statement over the weekend on the website of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

Other cheeses from Italy will be subject to laboratory tests before they are allowed to enter the Chinese market, the statement said.

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