Japanese firms drop China suppliers

Several Japanese food companies and trading houses are reviewing their business dealings with Chinese food suppliers on the back of the recent tainted-milk scandal.

Ezaki Glico Co. terminated contracts with Chinese milk-product suppliers and will buy its dairy products from New Zealand and Australia after one of its suppliers were found to be among those that sold melamine-tainted products.

Nissin Food Products has stepped up monitoring and is considering buying milk from elsewhere, according to the Nikkei newspaper.

A number of other Japanese food companies will increase quality control measures and start testing for melamine.

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