Chinese dairy maker Yili said it had started recalling batches of baby formula after authorities found they contained high levels of mercury, in the latest food safety scare to hit the country.
The company began the recall on Wednesday after a national food safety monitoring system detected “abnormal” levels of mercury in the products, state-owned Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group said in a statement.
The recall covers baby formula produced from November 2011 to May 2012, according to the statement posted Thursday.
The firm did not state how much baby formula was affected or how mercury — which is extremely toxic and can harm the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs, and immune system at high exposure — made its way into the products.
China’s quality watchdog said Thursday it had carried out an “urgent monitoring” of 715 samples of baby formula by various producers following the Yili case, but so far no other products were found to be unsafe.
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