China's cabinet orders inspections, reform of dairy industry
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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 Yehua) 
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    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 dairy industry.

    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 Quanlong)
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    -- providing the best and free medical care to those sickened by melamine-contaminated milk powder,

    -- confiscating and destroying all sub-standard products,

    -- 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 those responsible.

    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) 
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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 scandal 

    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

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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China's Hebei, center of milk scandal, reports more sickened infants 

    SHIJIAZHUANG, Sept. 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 day.

    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 "special management" 

    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. Full story

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. Full story

China seizes 22 companies with contaminated baby milk powder 

    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.

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)
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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 said. 

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. 

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Editor: Du Guodong
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