China detains dozens in poison drug capsule scandal

April 23, 2012 06:22

BEIJING - Chinese police have detained 45 people, arrested nine and seized more than 77 million capsules tainted with chromium in China's latest product safety scandal, which has aroused widespread public concern despite repeated pledges to get tough.

The government said the companies involved sold gel capsules made with industrial gelatin, which contains a far higher chromium content than the edible gelatin they should have used.

In a statement issued late on Sunday, the Ministry of Public Security said they had also shut down 80 illegal production lines after a week of inspections centred on Zhejiang, Hebei and Jiangxi provinces.

"The ministry is paying top level attention to the case of excess chromium in capsules of medical use, and is dispatching investigation teams on a daily basis," it said in the statement carried on its website.

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