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China recall of 13 drugs

This week, China’s State Food and Drug Administration halted the sale of thirteen drugs that are believed to contain excessive levels of chromium. The capsules were manufactured with industrial gelatin, which contains higher levels of chromium than edible gelatin.

The administration says they have started an investigation into the case. China has a history of struggling with pharmaceutical safety problems, and public outcry has prompted the government to be more severe in dealing with contamination problems.
According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, excess chromium ingestion can lead to irritation and ulcers in the stomach and small intestine and could cause anemia.

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by S. C.
21 april 2012, World News > Asia

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