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Friday, 29th February 2008
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New information on Japan's contaminated dumplings

Information has been provided by Chinese authorities on the contaminated dumplings recently responsible for causing many people in Japan to fall ill.

According to reports by the Associated Press, officials in China have confirmed that, following an investigation, they do not believe the toxic dumplings had been contaminated in China.

As a consequence of the enquiry, which included the examination of transportation, production and storage techniques, it was decided that nothing was out of the ordinary.

"We believe that there is little chance of putting methamidophos into dumplings in China," said Yu Xinmin, an investigator at China's ministry of public security.

"Japanese police say they believe it is highly unlikely [that contamination occurred in the country]. We have convincing evidence supporting our conclusion and so do Japanese police."

Illegal in Japan, methamidophos is also known by the name (RS)-O,S-dimethyl phosphoramidothioate and its use is still permitted in China as an insecticide.

However, since 2004, Chinese authorities have not permitted the substance's use on vegetable and fruit crops.

It is known that over ten individuals in Japan were subjected to poisoning after consuming the contaminated food.

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