The safety scare is related to aflatoxin
, which is a cancer-causing substance that is frequently subject to recall in various products, including pet foods.
The substance appears in foods due to a fungus commonly found on grain and legume crops, however can also be found in the milk of animals that eat contaminated crops.
reported the escalated levels of the toxic substance were found during a routine government inspection.
Reportedly, the tainted milk was traced to a plant in Sichuan province in southwestern China.
The Associated Press
reported the Chinese manufacturer is apologetic and Mengniu Diary Group said the tainted milk products were destroyed prior to going on the market.
"Mengniu would like to express our sincere apologies to consumers," the company said on its website. "We will draw a big lesson from this incident and will work harder to meet all national and corporate standards on quality in the future," it said.
This event comes during a time when China's dairy industry is in the midst of rebuilding its reputation. The Wall Street Journal
recounted the 2008 situation where the chemical melamine was added to milk products; this act caused the deaths of six babies and caused sickness in 300,000 others. Mengniu Dairy Group was one of the companies found to be at fault in the illegal act.
There is no word on how high the aflatoxin levels in the milk were, only that they were in excess.
Last month Digital Journal
reported Chinese dog treats were causing illness in dogs.