News Summary: Rice contamination reported in China

Chinese rice mills investigated following reports of large-scale rice contamination

Associated Press

CONTAMINATION INVESTIGATION: Authorities are investigating rice mills in southern China following tests that found almost half of the staple grain in one of the country's largest cities was contaminated with a toxic metal.

METAL TESTING: The mills in Hunan province's Youxian county were ordered to suspend business and recall their products after samples showed excessive levels of cadmium, according to an official notice issued Tuesday by the county government.

THE BACKGROUND: The announcement followed reports over the weekend that government inspectors discovered that 44.4 percent of rice and rice products tested this year in the southern city of Guangzhou in Guangdong province showed high levels of cadmium.

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