Xuzhou Anying continues to deny being involved in the recalled wheat gluten, but now, the IHT is reporting that the Chinese company sought out melamine. Management says one thing, employees are verifying US reports:
In recent months, Xuzhou Anying appears to have posted several requests on online trading sites seeking to purchase large quantities of melamine.
In one March 29 posting on a trading site operated by Sohu.net, a Chinese Web site, people who said they were with Xuzhou Anying wrote: “Our company buys large quantities of melamine scrap all year around.”
There were also postings on several other online trading sites, like ChemAbc.net.
Despite Xuzhou Anying statements, workers in the area say the company does manufacture gluten. A truck driver who was resting Tuesday across the street from the company’s main office said Xuzhou Anying had manufacturing facilities and that he trucked goods for the company.
The Chinese media is also kept out in the dark, leaving open the possibility of wheat gluten toxins in the Chinese food supply.
“I didn’t know this news about Xuzhou Anying,” said Li Ning, director of the news department at City Morning Post, a daily newspaper in Xuzhou. “And even if we had heard about the news we wouldn’t be able to report on it because it’s negative news.”