» 12/19/2008, 00.00
Chinese government not paying for children sickened by melamine-tainted milk
The authorities had pledged free treatment, but instead parents are forced to pay and denied the right to sue guilty companies.
Milk scandal: closed door trial for seeking justice for sick children
The trial of Zhao Lianhai begins, accused of fomenting unrest because he helped families to seek fair compensation. The toxic milk killed six children and infected more than 300 thousand, but the authorities want to silence debate.
Death penalty, life sentences in tainted milk scandal not enough for families of sick children
The condemned are scapegoats, while the responsibility of the health authorities and the government has not been established. Parents of sick children insist on adequate compensation for their damages.
Beijing sets new melamine limits in milk, helps dairy farmers
China’s Health Ministry says the chemical substance can seep through packaging. Government fails to enforce its controls. Dairy industry will get 300 million yuan in aid.
Babies and toxic milk: Chinese companies will pay…."maybe"
The health minister confirms he is working on a compensation plan for families with small children affected by the melamine poisoned milk. “Probably” companies responsible for the disaster will pay. Scepticism among lawyers and families of the 294 thousand children struck by kidney stones and urinary tract diseases.
Melamine found in 12 per cent of tested Chinese milk
At least 37 companies are involved, but China has only tested fresh and powdered milk so far. Taiwanese health minister says substance found in Nestlé milk. Tainted products are found in Vietnam. In United States tainted candies are banned for sale. Doubts arise over New Zealand product.
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