05 Jul '11, 10am

Tainted milk powder revives China safety concerns

Tainted milk powder revives China safety concerns

Food safety concerns are resurfacing in China after piglets in five farms in south-west parts of the country were confirmed to have been fed milk powder contaminated by melamine, an industrial chemical used to make plastics and tan leather. -- PHOTO: REUTERS FOOD safety concerns are resurfacing in China after piglets in five farms in south-west parts of the country were confirmed to have been fed milk powder contaminated by melamine, an industrial chemical used to make plastics and tan leather. According to a report by Xinhua News, the farms used 515 times more tainted milk powder than the legal limit. In 2008, melamine-laced powder killed about six babies and sickened 300,000 people with kidney stones in China. A middleman was reported to have bought about 6.7 tonnes of contaminated powder cheaply and sold it to animal feed retailers in the region. Farmers say they stoppe...

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