BEIJING, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- A compensation scheme
for families of sickened and dead babies in the tainted milk powder scandal,
which caused a food safety scare in China, is under review, a Health Ministry
spokesman said on Wednesday.
The ministry is collecting medical records and
checking statistics to make preparations for compensation, spokesman Mao Qun'an
Mao said he "has not been authorized to release
details" about the compensation plan but assured the media that relevant
departments are working on it and will release the results after the plan is
Mao also said local governments paid a large amount
of money for hospital ultrasound equipment and medication after more than 22
million children needed testing after drinking formula containing an industrial
chemical known as melamine. That testing started in September.
Children who were confirmed to have developed kidney
stones received free treatment.
The ministry said earlier it was likely six babies
died from drinking toxic milk powder. Another 294,000 infants suffered from
urinary problems such as kidney stones.
The General Administration of Quality Supervision,
Inspection and Quarantine publicized the names of 22 dairy companies which
produced milk products containing melamine after milk powder produced by Sanlu
Group was found to contain the banned chemical in mid September.