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2008-09-17 09:00:47

China Focus: 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. The State Administration of Quality Supervision,...

2008-09-17 06:00:31

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua "Roundup" by milk : "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 bapowder 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...

2008-09-17 06:00:31

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua "Roundup" by tainted baby formula: "China To Test All Dairy Products for Melamine After Thousands Sickened by Tainted Baby Formula"] BEIJING, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) - The Chinese government on Wednesday announced a comprehensive nationwide test for melamine on every dairy product by every producer after a third infant died after drinking contaminated milk powder. The third fatality occurred in...

2008-09-17 03:00:07

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) BEIJING, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) - Chinese inspectors have found the chemical melamine in 69 batches of baby 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. The State Administration of Quality...

2008-09-16 09:00:06

Roundup: China's Sanlu apologizes for milk powder contamination SHIJIAZHUANG, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- China dairy giant Sanlu Group apologized to the public on Monday for its contaminated milk powder which had sickened 1,253 babies with kidney stones, two fatally. Zhang Zhenling, Sanlu's vice president, read a letter of apology at a news briefing on Monday afternoon here in Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei Province, where the corporation is based. "The serious safety accident of the Sanlu...

2008-09-15 21:00:02

China inspects dairy regions after tainted milk BEIJING (AP) - China's food safety watchdog sent inspectors to the country's main dairy producing regions on Sunday after at least 432 babies were sickened by tainted milk powder produced by a Chinese company. Officials have defended their response to China's latest product safety disaster, saying that authorities have detained 19 people and are questioning 78 others about how the banned chemical melamine was added to milk sold to Sanlu...

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2008-09-15 18:50:00

Authorities in China reported Monday the second infant death from tainted milk powder made by the Sanlu Group.  Police reported the arrest of two traders, who were charged with selling up to 3 tons of contaminated milk a day. The announcement comes amid hundreds of illnesses and a rising scandal that only led to a product recall once the government of New Zealand raised the issue. The latest death occurred in Gansu province, an underprivileged region in northwest China where the first...

2008-09-15 06:00:13

By David Barboza Keith Bradsher contributed reporting from Hong Kong. * China said that 19 people had been detained by the police as part of an investigation into how baby formula had become contaminated with an industrial chemical. The formula is implicated in the death of one infant, and at least 432 have been afflicted with kidney problems. The government also said Saturday that the Sanlu Group, China's biggest producer of milk powder formula, had first received complaints about...

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2008-09-13 12:10:00

BEIJING -- Investigators believe dairy farmers added a dangerous chemical to milk that has been linked to kidney stones in dozens of babies and one death in China's latest product safety scandal. The government vowed "serious punishment" on Friday after China's biggest milk powder producer recalled 700 tons of baby formula. The official Xinhua News Agency said the powder was tainted with melamine, a toxic chemical used in plastics that contaminated pet food last year. U.S. authorities...

2008-09-13 06:00:01

Text of report in English by Taiwanese Central News Agency website [By Y.F. Low] Taipei, Sept. 12 (CNA) - A shipment of milk powder imported from China that could have been contaminated with melamine will be recalled and destroyed, a Department of Health official said Saturday. The shipment contained 1,000 25-kg bags, with a total weight of 25 tons. The products, manufactured by the Shijiazhuang Sanlu Group, was imported into Taiwan in June by the Taiwan branch of the New Zealand-...