China To Tighten Rules On Melamine

China has finally said it will get tough on what appears to be the routine addition to melamine into animal feed.

"The ministry will tighten its supervision of the feed industry and crack down on producers who add melamine to their products," the China Daily quoted Wang Zhicai, head of the Agriculture Ministry's livestock division as saying over the weekend.

Wang acknowledged that the ministry issued a regulation in June last year banning the addition of melamine into livestock feed. They were clearly aware it being a problem then it would therefore seem. He didn't elaborate on why they have done nothing about the continued practice since.

In a further twist, the Chinese company blamed for selling the original batch of melamine-tainted eggs to Hong Kong is now suing its feed provider, according to the official People's Daily newspaper.