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Malamine found in organic soya expeller

Date Published: 04/12/2008

Organic certifiers are working in concert with Defra following the discovery of melamine in organic soya expeller.

Melamine contamination in food products from China have been widely reported in recent months. However it has now been revealed that the substance has been found in UK imports of organic soya expeller intended for feed use.

One OF&G registered processor was implicated in the finding, however this organisation has tested its stock and the results are negative for melamine.

As soon as this information was released by the Food Standards Agency, Organic Farmers & Growers has begun its own investigation and has urgently contacted all feed compounders holding OF&G certification.

Test results have been requested for all Chinese supplied soya expeller currently held by the compounders.

Where test data is not available for a batch of the product, it must be immediately quarantined and test samples taken for laboratory examination – while the product remains isolated.

If a batch of the product tests positive, OF&G will request that the relevant compounder contacts their customers to pass on this information.

OF&G Chief Executive, Richard Jacobs, said: “In effect everybody has been told to stop using soya expeller from China and to get it tested, if that hasn’t been done already. We have acted swiftly and are now beginning to collate the test results from our licensees. So far we are very encouraged that the problem may not be as wide spread as was first feared.”