September 16, 2008

Chairwoman of Chinese Group Sacked Following Tainted Milk Powder Scandal

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency)

[Xinhua by milk powder scandal: "Sanlu Group Sacks Chairwoman Following Baby Milk Powder Scandal"]

SHIJIAZHUANG, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) - Tian Wenhua, the board chairwoman and general manager of China dairy giant Sanlu Group, was fired from her posts in the wake of the tainted baby formula milk powder scandal.

Tian was also removed from her post as the secretary of the corporation committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), according to party authorities of Hebei Province and its capital Shijiazhuang where the company is based.

An estimated 1,253 infants, including two fatally, across the country developed kidney stones after drinking Sanlu's baby formula tainted by melamine, a chemical believed to help increase the the protein content in the milk.

Four people in connection with the contamination were arrested by Hebei police.

Originally published by Xinhua news agency, Beijing, in English 1307 16 Sep 08.

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