Another two in China tainted milk scandal appear in court
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    SHIJIAZHUANG, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- Two more people involved in China's tainted milk scandal stood trial Tuesday at a court in Shijiazhuang, capital of northern Hebei Province.

    The Shijiazhuang Intermediate People's Court accused Geng Jinping, manager of a milk production base and Geng Jinzhu, a driver at the base, of adding 434 kg of "protein powder" that contained the industrial chemical melamine to about 900 tonnes of raw milk.

 Defendant Geng Jinping (2nd L), manager of a milk production base, kneels down to show repentance at the Shijiazhuang Intermediate People's Court in Shijiazhuang, capital of north China's Hebei Province, Dec. 30, 2008. The Shijiazhuang Intermediate People's Court accused Geng Jinping and Geng Jinzhu (1st R) of being involved in China's tainted milk scandal of adding 434 kilograms of "protein powder" that contained the industrial chemical melamine to about 900 tonnes of raw milk, and having sold the tainted milk to Shijiazhuang-based Sanlu Group, the dairy at the center of the scandal.

Defendant Geng Jinping (2nd L), manager of a milk production base, kneels down to show repentance at the Shijiazhuang Intermediate People's Court in Shijiazhuang, capital of north China's Hebei Province, Dec. 30, 2008. The Shijiazhuang Intermediate People's Court accused Geng Jinping and Geng Jinzhu (1st R) of being involved in China's tainted milk scandal of adding 434 kilograms of "protein powder" that contained the industrial chemical melamine to about 900 tonnes of raw milk, and having sold the tainted milk to Shijiazhuang-based Sanlu Group, the dairy at the center of the scandal. (Xinhua/Ding Lixin)
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    The two Gengs sold the tainted milk to Shijiazhuang-based Sanlu Group, the dairy at the center of the scandal, and other places from October 2007 through August 2008, and made 2.8 million yuan(409,000 U.S. dollars), the court heard.

    The protein powder, mainly made of melamine, malt dextrin and whey powder, was used to increase the apparent protein content in milk. Children can develop kidney stones after drinking the melamine-contaminated milk.

    The Ministry of Health has said it was likely the contamination killed at least six babies. Another 294,000 infants suffered from urinary problems such as kidney stones.

    So far, 17 people in the scandal have been put on trial in Hebei in the past few days. No verdicts have been announced yet.

    Tian Wenhua, Sanlu's former board chairwoman and general manager, will face trial Wednesday in the Shijiazhuang Intermediate People's Court. She faces charges of producing and selling fake or substandard commodities, according to court sources.

Geng Jinping (L Front), manager of a milk production base and Geng Jinzhu (R Front), a driver at the base, stand trial at the Shijiazhuang Intermediate People's Court in Shijiazhuang, capital of north China's Hebei Province, Dec. 30, 2008.

Geng Jinping (L Front), manager of a milk production base and Geng Jinzhu (R Front), a driver at the base, stand trial at the Shijiazhuang Intermediate People's Court in Shijiazhuang, capital of north China's Hebei Province, Dec. 30, 2008. (Xinhua/Ding Lixin)
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    Sanlu Group stopped production on Sept. 12. A bankruptcy petition for Sanlu has been filed in the face of an 1.1 billion yuan debt, the city government said last week.

    China's Dairy Industry Association announced Saturday victims who fell ill or died after drinking tainted baby formula will soon get financial compensation from 22 Chinese dairy producers. But the association did not say the amount of compensation or when the victims will receive it.

Four more stand trial in China tainted milk scandal

    SHIJIAZHUANG, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- Four more people in China's tainted dairy scandal went on trial Monday in a local court in Shijiazhuang, capital of northern Hebei Province.

    The Shijiazhuang Intermediate People's Court began the hearing for Gao Junjie, Xue Jianzhong and two others at 8 a.m.. The charges are not currently available. Full story

China milk scandal companies offer to compensate victims

    BEIJING, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- Victims who fell ill or died after drinking tainted baby formula will soon get financial compensation from 22 Chinese dairy producers, China's Dairy Industry Association announced here Saturday.

    "The enterprises offered to shoulder the compensation liability. By doing so, they hope to earn understanding and forgiveness of the families of the sickened children," the association said.  Full story

Six stand trial in China's milk powder scandal

    SHIJIAZHUANG, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- Six people involved in China's melamine adulteration milk scandal went on trial on Friday in four courts in northern Hebei Province.

    At the Shijiazhuang Intermediate People's Court, prosecutors charged Zhang Yujun and Zhang Yanzhang of having committed a crime against public security.Full story

 China milk scandal firm faces huge debts

A Chinese court has accepted a bankruptcy petition for Sanlu Group which was at the center of a tainted milk scandal and is facing huge debts, an official said Thursday.

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.A Chinese court has accepted a bankruptcy petition for Sanlu Group which was at the center of a tainted milk scandal and is facing huge debts, an official said Thursday.  (Xinhua/Liu Quanlong)

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    SHIJIAZHUANG, Dec. 25 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese court has accepted a bankruptcy petition for Sanlu Group which was at the center of a tainted milk scandal and is facing huge debts, an official said Thursday.

    Wang Jianguo, spokesman for the city government of Hebei provincial capital Shijiazhuang, said the Intermediate People's Court of Shijiazhuang City has accepted the petition made by the Heipingxi Road branch of Shijiazhuang City Commercial Bank - a creditor of Sanlu. Full story

    China milk scandal firm submits bankruptcy application

    SHIJIAZHUANG, Dec. 25 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese court has accepted a bankruptcy petition for Sanlu Group which was at the center of a tainted milk scandal and is facing huge debts, an official said Thursday.

    Wang Jianguo, spokesman for the city government of Hebei provincial capital Shijiazhuang, said the Intermediate People's Court of Shijiazhuang City has accepted the petition made by the Heipingxi Road branch of Shijiazhuang City Commercial Bank - a creditor of Sanlu. Full story

    China law to recognize mental distress, reflects milk scandal

    BEIJING, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- China's top legislature might add mental distress to conditions covered by the Tort Law to improve civil rights protection, under legislation submitted on Monday.

    The long-awaited draft Tort Law, designed to provide compensation for those whose rights are violated, was tabled at the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee for a second reading. Full story

    China plans compensation after tainted milk scandal 

    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 told reporters. Full story

    Almost 1,300 Chinese infants still hospitalized from tainted milk 

    BEIJING, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- China's Ministry of Health said on Wednesday that 1,272 infants nationwide were still receiving hospital treatment for kidney disorders caused by tainted powdered milk.

    Two were in serious condition, the ministry said on its website. Full story

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