China white spirits rally sours on safety scare

By Clement Tan

HONG KONG, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Shares in Chinese liquor makers have fallen sharply, reversing some this year’s stellar gains, on a contamination scare following reports that a maker of white spirit added more plasticisers to its products than industrial standards allow.

This week’s sell-off of shares, which had outperformed the market until November, followed a report carried by several mainland media outlets, citing tests conducted by an international third-party that claimed Jiugui Liquor exceeded the levels of plasticisers allowed.

Plasticisers are additives that increase the fluidity of a material, but are also toxic chemicals that can cause damage to men’s reproductive health and cause early female puberty when consumed over a long period.

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