Chinese health officials on Thursday said tests conducted on a batch of human blood plasma, which was feared to have been contaminated with HIV, came out to be negative for the AIDS causing virus.

The officials were probing reports that a Chinese pharmaceutical company may have sold over 12,000 units of a blood plasma product contaminated with HIV.

The HIV tests conducted on patients in Jiangxi were also negative, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The NMPA said the samples they had examined from a batch of 12,229 bottles of intravenous immunoglobulin were free of HIV and hepatitis B and C.

The administration’s clearance of the batch contradicted a notice from the National Health Commission on Tuesday announcing its contamination and warning hospitals to immediately suspend use of the treatments, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported Thursday.

The provincial health commission and disease control centre in eastern China’s Jiangxi province had detected traces of HIV in the batch, although the disease control centre told The Beijing News on Wednesday that it had not yet discovered any cases of patients having contracted HIV.

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