BEIJING, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Most liquid milk on the
market did not contain melamine and was safe to drink, Chinese quality watchdog
said on Thursday following a nationwide special check on the chemical.
The chemical was first found in a top powder milk brand, Sanlu, earlier
this month that caused kidney stones and kidney failure among babies.
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. Most liquid milk on the market did not contain melamine and was safe to drink, Chinese quality watchdog said on Thursday following a nationwide special check on the chemical. (Xinhua Photo)
Chinese State Administration of Quality Supervision,
Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), along with 150 state level food testing
centers, checked more than 400 liquid milk producers, and found most diary
products were safe to drink.
The 408 liquid milk producers, including Sanyuan and
Nestle, were not found containing the chemical.
However, the test results showed nearly 10 percent of
the sample batches tested from Mengniu and Yili, 2 top brands on Chinese diary
market, contained 0.8 - 7 and 0.7 - 8.4 milligrams of melamine per kilogram
respectively while 6 batches out of 93 from Bright, contained 0.6 to 8.6
milligrams of melamine per kilogram.
Medical experts said that it would not cause any
illness such as kidney stones for an adult who drink less than 2 liters of such
The administration also urged producers to recall all
contaminated products, find the source of the problem and punish severely those
China's cabinet abolishes regulation
on inspection exemptions for food
BEIJING, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- China's
State Council, or the cabinet, on Thursday announced the abolishment of
regulations on inspection exemptions for food.
In a circular distributed to ministries and governments at
all levels, the cabinet said that it had decided to abolish the regulations
relating to quality inspection exemptions for food in a document issued on Dec.
Quality watchdog cancels inspection
exemptions for food producers
A doctor gives medical examination to a
child with kidney diseases at the Gansu Maternity and Child Health Care
Hospital in Lanzhou, capital of northwest China's Gansu Province, Sept.
18, 2008. (Xinhua/Liu Quanlong)
BEIJING, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- In the wake of the contaminated baby milk powder
scandal, Chinese quality watchdog on Wednesday cancelled all kinds of national
inspection exemptions previously given to food producers.
"Considering the particular characteristics of food
products and the complexity in the cause of food safety problems, and with a
view to further enhancing supervision over food producers, ensuring food safety
and protecting consumers' interests," said the State Administration of Quality
Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) in an explanation of the
China's cabinet orders inspections,
reform of dairy industry
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.