THE EUROPEAN Union has agreed a suspension of Chinese imports of molluscs, crustaceans, frozen shrimps and prawns because of concerns about contamination; it follows the discovery of "serious deficiencies" in China's medical residue control system and "problems related to the use of banned substances in the veterinary field."

The temporary ban, which was "to enter into force shortly," was proposed by the European Commission and backed by the EU Standing Veterinary Committee. It was sparked by the findings of the EU's ...

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