» 02/17/2010, 00.00
For years, Chinese dairies made melamine-tainted milk products
Medium-size dairies produced and sold melamine-tainted milk products throughout 2009, until they were caught. The government announces tougher measures, has not yet made public the actual data on tainted-milk products. Far more was sold than has actually been seized.
53 thousand Chinese babies ill due to melamine milk
Four babies have died; almost 13 thousand hospitalised; 104 have grave real failure. Premier Wen Jiabao apologizes to the entire nation. The WHO blames lack of communication between Chinese authorities. In Hong Kong a child feed with adulterated milk dies. Singapore bans all imports that contain Chinese milk products.
Arrest us, say parents of melamine-tainted milk victims
Zhao Lianhai’s conviction leads to major protest. He was found “guilty” of defending victims’ rights. Chinese authorities appear unwilling to tolerate any form of protest, but parents say they are prepared to do anything to defend their children’s rights.
China’s foremost dairy company accused of “recycling” melamine-tainted milk
Hundreds of tonnes of milk powder containing melamine were seized in 2008 in order to be destroyed. Now, a weekly paper accuses one of the companies involved in the original scandal of recycling the toxic product. The company denies the allegation whilst the authorities are silent.
Food safety hard to guarantee in China
Health Ministry official reaches this unpalatable conclusion. Experts say consumer protection can only be achieved if protection agencies are independent from political institutions.
Beijing pulls all pre-14 September dairy products off the shelves
China’s central government removes all dairy products that pre-date melamine scandal. Dairy products must pass new government tests before sale, but some retailers are still selling tainted products.
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