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Jul 23 2012 4:11PM
 
Cancer causing toxin found in baby formula
A cancer-causing toxin linked to mildewed cattle feed has been found in baby formula in China. Getty images
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A cancer-causing toxin linked to mildewed cattle feed has been found in baby formula in China, an official said Monday.

The Huffington post reported that a toxin called Aflatoxin was found in five batches of Nanshan Bywise brand formula made last year by Hunan Ava Dairy Industry Co. in Hunan province's Nanshan city.

The five problem batches were boxes, bags or tins of powder weighing between 400 and 900 grams and manufactured between July and December last year.

A low dose of aflatoxin is not considered harmful, but high doses are linked to cancer, especially in the liver.

Aflatoxin is produced by a fungus that can grow on hay or grains and appear in the milk of animals that eat the mildewed feed. It previously has been detected in milk from China's biggest dairy company, Mengniu, and another company, Changfu.

Last month, another industry leader, Yili Industrial Group, announced it had recalled infant formula because it was tainted with "unusual" levels of mercury.

It is not known if any of the problem formula was fed to babies. - TNA

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