China Investigates Officials Over Tainted Capsules, Xinhua Says

Six government officials in eastern China are under investigation for dereliction of duty involving the production of contaminated medicine capsules, Xinhua News Agency said today, citing the provincial procuratorate.

An initial probe showed that lax supervision by six food and drug administration officials in Zhejiang province caused incidents where several companies had made drug capsules with industrial gelatin, which contains excessive levels of chromium and is illegal to use for making drug capsules, Xinhua reported.

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