A supermarket staff registers the
returned Sanlu brand milk powders in a supermarket in in Hefei, capital of
east China's Anhui Province Sept. 17, 2008. (Xinhua/Chen
BEIJING, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- An executive meeting of the
State Council (cabinet), presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao, on Wednesday
decided to launch national comprehensive tests of dairy products and reform the
According to the meeting, the incident involving the
tainted Sanlu milk powder reflected chaotic industry conditions, as well as
loopholes in the supervision and management of the industry.
It is necessary to learn lessons, properly deal with
the incident, improve the inspection and supervision system and strengthen the
management of the dairy industry, the meeting said.
The meeting also reached six other decisions and
ordered governments at all levels to implement them. These decisions include:
Saleswomen check the returned Sanlu
brand milk powders in a supermarket in Yinchuan, capital of northwest
China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region Sept. 17, 2008. (Xinhua/Liu
-- providing the best and free medical care to those
sickened by melamine-contaminated milk powder,
-- confiscating and destroying all sub-standard
-- strictly supervising the production of dairy
companies with on-site inspectors,
-- revising regulations on the supervision and
management of the industry,
-- subsidizing dairy farmers and encouraging more
production by those enterprises with higher-quality products and,
-- finding the cause of the incident and punishing
The Sanlu Group, a leading Chinese dairy producer
based in the northern Hebei Province, admitted last week that it had found some
of its baby milk powder products were contaminated with melamine, a chemical raw
material. It issued an immediate recall of milk formula made before Aug. 6.
Three infants have died so far. There are at least 6,244 infant victims of the contaminated milk powder, of whom 158, or 2.5 percent, have acute kidney failure, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday.
A woman her baby return Sanlu brand milk powders in a supermarket in Yinchuan, capital of northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region Sept. 17, 2008. The Chinese government on Wednesday announced a comprehensive nationwide tests for melamine on every dairy product by every producer after a third infant died after drinking contaminated milk powder, The State Administration for Industry and Commerce, which supervises product quality at retail level, also ordered all the tainted products to be immediately be taken off shelves. (Xinhua/Liu Quanlong)
Two more suspects arrested in China
baby milk powder scandal
SHIJIAZHUANG, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- The number of arrests connected to China's
tainted baby milk powder scandal has risen tosix with the apprehension of two
more suspects in the northern city of Shijiazhuang.
Two villagers were charged with selling the chemical
melamine and adding it to milk sold to the Sanlu Group based in the Hebei
provincial capital Shijiazhuang. Full story
China quality watchdog probes
officials for dereliction in milk powder
BEIJING, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Li Changjiang, head of China's quality watchdog,
said on Wednesday the agency has started internal investigations to determine if
there was any dereliction of duty in the tainted baby formula scandal.
Li told a press conference here the State Administration
of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine will punish those offenders
according to the law. Full story
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)
China's Hebei, center of milk scandal,
reports more sickened
17 (Xinhua) -- Hebei Province, the center of the contaminated baby formula
scandal, on Wednesday said it hard received reports of 638 sick infants in one
Gao Chunqiu, deputy chief of the provincial health
department, told a press conference that 12,510 people consulted medical
facilities in the province between midday on Monday and midday on Tuesday, and
638 babies were diagnosed with urinary calculus (stones). Full story
Dairy supply for Olympics safe due to
BEIJING, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- The dairy supply for the Beijing Olympic Games and
Paralympic Games were untainted by melamine because of "special management
measures", China's top quality control official said here Wednesday.
"All the food supply, including dairy, for the Olympics
and Paralympics were safe," Li Changjiang, head of the General Administration of
Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) told a press conference.
Officials, company manager sacked
following baby milk powder
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. Full story
China seizes 22 companies with
contaminated baby milk
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. Full story
Two babies with kidney stones receive
medical treatment at a military hospital in Lanzhou, capital of northwest
China's Gansu Province, Sept. 11, 2008.(Xinhua Photo)
Health ministry orders better
treatment for poisoned milk powder victims
BEIJING, Sept. 14 (Xinhua)-- China's Ministry of
Health (MOH) on Sunday ordered provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities
to set up expert panels to provide medical consultation for baby patients
poisoned by contaminated milk powder.
Medical institutions must provide sick babies with free
and in-time treatment in accordance with the treatment plan set up by the MOH,
and consult provincial expert panels or MOH experts if necessary, the ministry
China orders market inspections after
baby milk powder contamination
BEIJING, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- Chinese central government
is sending teams of officials after a contaminated baby milk scandal to make
sure the investigation is carried out properly.
The General Administration of Quality Supervision,
Inspection and Quarantine (GAQSIQ) Sunday sent working groups to Hebei,
Guangdong, and Heilongjiang provinces and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region to
inspect diary product companies.