Liquor brands flatly deny plasticizer claims

By Liu Dong Source:Global Times Published: 2012-12-15 1:00:05

Two leading Chinese liquor brands on Friday denied early reports that accused their products of containing excess amounts of plasticizer after trading of their stocks was suspended for half a day over the contamination rumors. 

A Beijing-based stock investment consultancy, Zhongnengxingye, published a plasticizer test report for several famous liquor brands including Kweichow Moutai, Wuliangye and Yanghe on Thursday. It claimed that the results of tests on several products made by Wuliangye and Yanghe contained plasticizer at least 20 times higher than the legal standards.

However, the report did not disclose the organization that had carried out the test, only mentioning it was affiliated to the Beijing Academy of Science and Technology.

Both Wuliangye and Yanghe suspended their trading on the Shanghai Stock Exchange on Friday morning. Sichuan-based Wuliangye later published a statement claiming that its products did not contain any plasticizer additives and never entered in contact with plastic equipment during their production process.

"We strengthened our internal testing for all of our products since a plasticizer scandal was exposed in Taiwan in 2011. Furthermore, all of our products have passed provincial and central government quality supervision checks," a Wulianye press officer surnamed Tang told the Global Times.

Jiangsu-based Yanghe also stated on Friday afternoon that the company had rechecked samples of all the products mentioned in the report and found they all met national standards. 

Both liquor firms resumed trading on the stock exchange Friday afternoon and urged authorities to release an official report to clarify the rumors as soon as possible.

This is the third plasticizer crisis for liquor brands since Jiugui Liquor was found in November to have products containing excessive levels of DBP (dibutyl phthalate). 

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