October 1, 2008

Germany Bans Imports of Baby Food From China

Text of report by independent German news agency ddp

["Germany Bans Import of Baby Food From China" - ddp headline]

Berlin (ddp) - Following the scandal involving contaminated milk powder in China, Germany has banned the import of baby food from the Asian country. As of immediately, other foodstuffs from China may be imported only if they have been checked beforehand, the Federal Consumer Protection Ministry reported in Berlin on Tuesday [ 30 September]. Food checks have also been intensified. So far, there have been no indications that contaminated foodstuffs from China have reached Germany, a Ministry spokeswoman said.

According to the European Food Safety Authority, in Europe there is no danger to the population. According to the Ministry, a few days ago the EU agreed on protective measures, which, among other things, envisage an EU-wide ban on the import of Chinese baby food.

Originally published by ddp news agency, Berlin, in German 1700 30 Sep 08.

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