U.S. reports no ties to Chinese bleaching agent

by Eric Schroeder
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LENEXA, KAS. — The Chinese company reportedly accused of adding pulverized lime to bleaching agents used in flour production in China may not even export bleaching agents to the United States. Ian Trood, vice-president of sales at Caravan Ingredients, Lenexa, said he has never heard of Yuzhong Food Additive Co. and to the best of his knowledge the Chinese company only sells supplies to companies inside China.
Caravan Ingredients has sent a letter to its customers. It reads, “Recent news articles have reported that a flour bleach supplier, Yuzhong Food Additive Co., has adulterated their product with either chemical lime (calcium oxide, calcium hydroxide) or limestone (calcium carbonate), depending on the report.

“Caravan Ingredients Co. does not do business with Yuzhong Food Additive Co. Caravan’s flour bleach ingredient suppliers do not do business with Yuzhong Food Additive Co. Neither Caravan nor Caravan’s suppliers add chemical lime or limestone to our flour bleaching products.”

Research Products Co., Salina, Kas., uses no raw materials from China in the production of its Oxylite AA, a wheat flour bleach premix, or Oxylite XX, which is used to bleach milk, cream and liquid whey, said Monte White, president.

A Reuters news report from Beijing dated April 8 said Yuzhong Food Additive Co. was using pulverized lime, an inedible ingredient that may cause lung damage, in bleaching agents and that the company sells bleaching agents to flour mills in China. In an April 9 report from Chinadaily.com.cn, Yuzhong Food Additive Co. said it was using calcium carbonate and not pulverized lime.

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