CHINA CAPSULE GELATINE

Chinese workers manufacture empty capsules at the gelatine plant of Chengdu Zhenghe Medical Capsule Co., Ltd. in Chengdu city, southwest Chinas Sichuan province, 16 April 2012. The selling of 13 commonly used drugs was halted at the weekend after state media reported that they were found to contain excessive levels of chromium. The order came from the mainlands drug watchdog, the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA), after CCTV reported on Sunday (15 April 2012) that the drugs had been packed into capsules made from industrial gelatin, which contains far more chromium than allowed in edible products. The report said that two gelatin manufacturers, one from Jiangxi province and the other from Hebei, had sold industrial-grade gelatin to capsule makers in Xinchang county, Zhejiang, which then sold the capsules to drug companies across the nation. Foto Chen dsb - Imaginechina/ SCANPIX / kod 21595 ref: ***BETALBILD