21 July 2007 00:15 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--China has shut down a plant linked to deaths in Panama, media reports said on Friday.
The plant, Taixing Glycerin Factory, is accused of selling a substance called "TD glycerin," made of 15% diethylene glycol (DEG) and other substances, reports said. The chemical ended up in cough syrup sold in Panama.
In addition, China revoked the business licenses of Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development and Binzhou Futian Biology Technology, reports said. The two companies are accused of selling products tainted with melamine, linked to pet deaths in the US.
Chinese police are investigating the Xuzhou and Binzhou, and several managers from the companies have been detained, according to reports.
Chinese government officials said it would enact new measures to improve the country's food safety, reports said.
The production capacity at the plant was not immediately available.
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