Two Chinese companies that added melamine to protein products will face criminal prosecution. This adding of melamine led to massive pet food recalls and has been linked to thousands of pet deaths.
Li Changjiang, director of China’s State Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, said China is pursuing criminal proceedings against Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. and Binzhou Futian Biotechnology Co., the two companies that added the melamine.
Last month, the two companies were shut down by the Chinese government because they â€œunlawfully added melamine in some of their protein products exported to the United Statesâ€.
Xuzhou Anying had exported a total of 1,033 tons of wheat protein to the United States since it was founded in June 2006. Binzhou Futian had shipped 336 tons of rice protein and 24 tons of corn protein to the United States, Switzerland and South Africa before the trade was shut down.
Unknown numbers of factory senior managers have been detained for investigation.