Flavacin M1, a known carcinogen has been detected in routine screening of a batch of milk in China. The milk in question is “mengniu” milk from the Mongolian based – Mengniu Dairy Group.
The company has since apologised to consumers and the milk has been destroyed. The routine inspection found the milk to contain levels of Flavacin 140 times higher than the permitted level.
Flavacin M1 naturally occurs in food mold and can cause severe liver damage such as liver cancer. The World Health Organisation has labeled it as a Class A carcinogen.
This is not the first tainted food scandal the Mengniu Diary Company has been embroiled in. In 2008 the company was also responsible for the melamine tainted infant formula that left six children dead and 300,000 ill.