08 Apr '11, 11am

Three babies have died and 36 people - mostly children - fallen ill in China after drinking possibly tainted milk

BEIJING - THREE babies have died and 36 people - mostly children - fallen ill in China after drinking possibly tainted milk, the government and state media said on Friday, in the country's latest food scare. A preliminary investigation showed that the victims in the city of Pingliang in northwestern China suffered nitrite poisoning after drinking milk, a local government statement said. The children died on Thursday, it added. The case is another black eye for China's scandal-prone food industry and its government regulators, who are still struggling to lay to rest a huge 2008 tainted-milk scandal that killed at least six babies and sickened 300,000. Nitrite is a chemical used to make dyes and to preserve meats. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nitrite poisoning can result in nausea, dizziness, respiratory distress, loss of consciousness and ...

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