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FRENCH food and beverage group Danone will invest 2.6 billion yuan (US$417 million) in two deals to strengthen its presence in China and tap the huge market potential.

Prominent Achiever Ltd, 51 percent owned by China's state-owned agricultural and food company COFCO and 49 percent by Danone, will acquire 8.3 percent in China's largest dairy producer Mengniu Dairy Co from COFCO, according to a
Breeders, sellers and suppliers face tough times

Losses of poultry-related enterprises nationwide have exceeded 10 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) since the first case of H7N9 bird flu was discovered, according to the National Poultry Industry Association.

With all live poultry stands shut down in regions with H7N9 cases since early this month, poultry breeders, suppliers and sellers are facing
Retailers in China have withdrawn a foreign brand of infant milk formula from shelves following a media scare over its safety.

The Chinese partner of Hero Group, a major Swiss baby formula manufacturer, has been accused of deliberately mislabeling milk powder, and a senior employee has been detained, officials said.

Authorities in Suzhou, where the partner company Xile Lier is based, said t
EXCESSIVE microbes, additives and pesticide residues were blamed for more than 99 percent of food contamination cases last year, the city's food safety watchdog said yesterday.

About 97 percent of food products such as cakes, salad, cooked food and bean products that failed quality checks had excessive microbes, the Shanghai Food Safety Office said.

Excessive microbes are caused by poor hyg
FOOD authorities in central China's Henan Province yesterday ordered an investigation into a poultry company that reportedly bought sick and dead chicken from farms, then resold the sick ones to fast food restaurants such as KFC and McDonald's and processed the dead ones into animal feed.

The company, Doyoo Group, one of China's largest suppliers to KFC and McDonald's, said the company treated
Fertilizer contaminated with used batteries and other toxic waste has resulted in another food safety scandal in China.

Jiang Xicheng, chairman of the environmental protection arm of the Guangdong Lion's Club, a charity organization, broke the news on the Internet, alleging that farmers in the southern city of Guangzhou made fertilizer out of fermented garbage that contained used batteries, sh
US fast food chain McDonald's Corp told the Global Times Wednesday that it has stopped sourcing chicken from beleaguered Shandong-based Liuhe Group Co, one of the largest chicken suppliers in China, after a Liuhe factory was shut down for selling chickens with excessive antibiotic residues.

"Liuhe is a secondary supplier to McDonald's (in China). As our responsibility to consumers, McDonald's
SOME hypermarkets in Shanghai have stopped selling two snacks made by famous Chinese candy and snack maker Hsu Fu Chi, following a Shenzhen court ruling that the company should compensate consumers as the products contained banned substances.

Carrefour and Lotus said they have ordered their outlets in Shanghai to suspend selling Hsu Fu Chi's mango shortcake (pastry) and sesame sachima (also ca

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