CHINA - Following eight years of tightened regulation and an industry overhaul, Chinese dairy products are emerging from the shadow cast by high-profile safety scandals, according to a report released by the Dairy Association of China (DAC).
China's state news agency, Xinhua, reported that the quality of Chinese milk products has improved substantially.
In 2008, infant formula produced by Sanlu Group, a leading dairy company, was found to contain melamine, killing six babies and leaving thousands seriously ill.
Since then, more cases have been discovered, prompting Chinese consumers to turn to overseas milk products. Officials took drastic action to regulate the industry.
Xinhua said that official spot checks last year showed 99.5 per cent of dairy products were up to standard and no illegal additives, such as melamine, had been detected for 7 consecutive years, the report said.
"China's dairy industry has seen dramatic changes," DAC vice president Gu Jicheng said.
He added that there is still much room for improvement, but Chinese companies will hopefully be able to face their global rivals in another eight to ten years.
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