Melamine Found In Eggs

Potentially toxic industrial chemical melamine has been found for the first time in eggs imported into Hong Kong from China, a media report said Sunday.

Eggs tainted with melamine were already detected last month in the same northeast Chinese city from where contaminated ones sold in Hong Kong originated, an official said Monday.

The safety inspector from Dalian city's food and drug department said tests were carried out on eggs for melamine in the wake of the scandal about the widespread use of the chemical in Chinese dairy products.

"Agricultural authorities carried out some checks into eggs after the (tainted) milk powder incident was disclosed, the official, who declined to be named, told AFP by phone.

Some eggs were found to be tainted with melamine, which were then destroyed, he said, without disclosing the quantity.