Monday, September 22, 2008

China liquid milk products found with Melamine

Latest news in China on the on-going tainted milk formula crisis reported more than 12,000 infants around the country have been hospitalized which most of them consumed baby formula made by Sanlu. The Ministry of Health says 104 cases are quite serious, but nearly 1,600 other babies have already been cured and left hospital.

China's quality control watchdog says most liquid milk products on the market do not contain melamine. The statement came after a nationwide test for the chemical because it was found in baby formula. The State Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine, along with 150 state-level food-testing centers, checked liquid milk products from more than 400 dairy producers. Their tests show that most diary products are safe to drink. No melamine was found in products from 408 producers, including Sanyuan and Nestle.

However, test results show that nearly 10 percent of the sample batches taken from Mengniu and Yili, two major Chinese brands, contained 0.7 to 8.4 milligrams of melamine per kilogram. Meanwhile, over 6 percent of the sample batches from another company, Bright, contained 0.6 to 8.6 milligrams of melamine per kilogram.

Medical experts say such a small amount of the chemical would not cause any illness, such as kidney stones, for an adult who drinks less than 2 liters of such milk everyday.

Nevertheless, the administration is asking the dairy producers to recall ALL contaminated products, locate the source of the contamination, and bring to justice all those responsible for the contamination.


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