China Uncovers More Melamine-Tainted Milk Powder

CHINA - Employees from a Chinese dairy company have been taken into police custody on suspicion of selling tonnes of melamine-tainted milk powder.
calendar icon 14 December 2009
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Three people from the Shaanxi Jinqiao Dairy Co, in northern Shaanxi province, have been detained and accused of producing and selling toxic food, according to Food Production Daily.

The police operation comes just over a year after a nationwide contamination scandal involving the lacing of milk powder with the industrial chemical killed six and made sick an estimated 300,000 people.

The general manager and two employees of the dairy company have been accused of selling more than five tonnes of contaminated milk powder to a food additive firm in the southern region of Guangxi in September. The Nanning Yueqian food additive company uncovered the contamination last month, leading to the detentions on 2 December.

Xu Qiang, deputy head of the regional public security department, said that none of the product had reached the market and all of it had been recovered.

Executions

Back in November, China executed two people for their part in the 2008 contamination scandal.

In a separate development, the first civil case related to the melamine incidents was postponed indefinitely this week. China Daily said the initial hearing was heard at the end of November in Beijing, with the father of a 20-month-old child demanding compensation of US$8,000 from the Sanlu Group and a supermarket chain. The second hearing was cancelled after the defendants demanded further investigation into the link between their child’s illness and the milk powder.

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