China seizes 22 companies with contaminated baby milk powder
www.chinaview.cn 2008-09-17 01:07:49   Print
°§Chinese inspectors found 22 firms with contaminated baby milk powder.
°§China inspected all the 109 dairy companies nationwide.
°§Yashili was the only brand being exported. No melamine was found in its samples.

The infant milk powder produced by most companies in China was safe according to the nationwide check results following the Sanlu baby formula scam, the country's State Council departments said on Tuesday.

Tang Yiwen, 9-month old, is checked by doctor at a children's hospital in Guilin, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Sept. 16, 2008. The infant milk powder produced by most companies in China was safe according to the nationwide check results following the Sanlu baby formula scam, the country's State Council departments said on Tuesday.   (Xinhua Photo)
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    BEIJING, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinese inspectors have found the chemical melamine in 69 batches of baby milk powder produced by 22 companies nationwide, the country's quality watchdog said late on Tuesday.

    The authorities ordered a halt to the sale of the tainted products which included such well-known brands as Sanlu, Mengniu, Yili and Yashili, among others.

    The State Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) said test samples came from 491 batches of products sold by all the 109 companies that produced the baby milk powder in the country.

    The melamine content in the Sanlu brand reached 2,563 mg per kg, the highest among all the samples. In other samples, the range was from 0.09 mg to 619 mg per kilogram.

    Guangdong Yashili was the only brand being exported. No melamine was found in its samples.

    The chemical was not found in dairy products served for the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics.
Parents with their babies wait for examinations at a children's hospital in Hefei, capital of east China's Anhui Province Sept. 16, 2008.

Parents with their babies wait for examinations at a children's hospital in Hefei, capital of east China's Anhui Province Sept. 16, 2008.  (Xinhua Photo)
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    No chemical was found in the liquid milk produced after Sept. 14.

    Relevant departments have begun an investigation of the implicated companies to find out the problematic source and punish those responsible.

    The AQSIQ has also sent inspectors to every dairy product factory in the country to keep a close watch over every aspect of the production process.

    Dairy giant Sanlu Group apologized to the public on Monday for its contaminated milk powder that had sickened 1,253 babies with kidney stones, two fatally.

    Tian Wenhua, the group's chairwoman and general manager, was fired from her posts in the wake of the scandal.

    According to the Ministry of Health, the two deaths in Gansu were a five-month-old boy who died on May 1 after his family refused further treatment, and an eight-month-old girl whose family also refused an operation and removed her from hospital on July 22, the day she died.

    Both were fed the Sanlu formula and suffered kidney failure.

    Among the more than 1,200 sick babies, 53 had "relatively serious symptoms," the ministry said at a news conference in Beijing on Monday.

    Health Vice Minister Ma Xiaowei said special hospitals had been appointed nationwide to provide treatment for all the infants with the stones.

    Melamine is used in plastics and other industries and is strictly forbidden in food processing. Experts say it is added to raw milk so the protein content of the milk appears higher than it actually is.

    Four people in connection with the contamination were arrested by Hebei police.

    Authorities have so far seized 2,176 tons of milk powder in the warehouse of Sanlu Group. About 8,218 tons currently in the market had been recalled, said Shijiazhuang Vice Mayor Li Jinlu on Monday.

    Another 700 tons was on its way back to Shijiazhuang, Li added. All the tainted milk powder would be destroyed.

    Sanlu, which is 43 percent owned by New Zealand dairy company Fonterra, was ordered to halt production.

Most companies' baby milk powder safe in China, says State Council 

    BEIJING, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- The infant milk powder produced by most companies in China was safe according to the nationwide check results following the Sanlu baby formula scam, the country's State Council departments said on Tuesday.

    The State Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said it had tested 491 batches of baby milk powder produced by all the 109 companies in the country in a special inspection move.

China pledges to treat all tainted milk-affected babies

    BEIJING, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- China's Health Ministry pledged free health care for all babies sickened after drinking contaminated formula. It will also send medical experts to local clinics to assist with treatments.

    The ministry organized a 34 person team, composed of five pediatricians, seven urologists, 10 nephrologists, or kidney specialists, and 12 ultrasonographers.

Officials, company manager sacked following baby milk powder scandal 

    SHIJIAZHUANG, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Four local officials in north China's Hebei Province were fired on Tuesday following the baby milk powder scandal across the country.

    Zhang Fawang, vice mayor in charge of agricultural production of Hebei provincial capital Shijiazhuang, and Sun Renhu, the city's animal husbandry administration chief, were fired late Tuesday following legal procedures, according to a decision made by the city's legislative body. 

Tainted milk powder sickens 1,253 babies in China

    BEIJING, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- The number of Chinese infants stricken with kidney stones caused by contaminated milk powder soared to 1,253 with two dead as of 8 a.m. on Monday, the Ministry of Health said here on Monday.

    According to the ministry, most of the cases occurred in Hebei, Jiangsu and Gansu provinces. The two deaths were both in the northwest Gansu Province. Full story

China inspects dairy industry after milk powder scandal

    BEIJING, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- China's Ministry of Agriculture launched an inspection of the country's dairy industry on Monday after tainted milk powder sickened babies and aroused concern.

    Six ministry teams were dispatched to the country's six major milk-producing regions, including Beijing, Hebei, Inner Mongolia and Heilongjiang in the north, Xinjiang in the west and the central Henan Province. Full story

China to destroy 10,000 tons of tainted baby formula

    SHIJIAZHUANG, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- More than 10,000 tons of baby formula that was seized and recalled in the Sanlu milk powder contamination scandal will be destroyed, said the government of Shijiazhuang, capital of north China's Hebei Province, on Monday.

    Authorities have so far seized 2,176 tons of milk powder in the warehouse of Sanlu Group, producer of the milk powder that gave kidney stones to hundreds of infants across the country, and recalled 8,218 tons that had been on the market, said Shijiazhuang Vice Mayor Li Jinlu. Full story

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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