Chinese destroy Belgian chocolate

The Chinese authorities have destroyed several deliveries of Belgian chocolate claiming that they contain toxic substances. How much chocolate has been destroyed has yet to be established.

Chinese media report that the chocolate was imported in April of this year and contained a toxic colorant carmine. When this was discovered the Chinese authorities ordered the destruction of the deliveries affected. The name of the Belgian producer remains unclear.

This is not the first time that Belgian chocolate has been destroyed in China because of concerns about a toxic substance. Five years ago when the European Union had imposed an import ban on Chinese soja and the then Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme had met with the exiled Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama, Belgian chocolate was destroyed too.

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