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Post time 2008-9-15 15:47:30 |Display all floors
The 19 people detained in the Sanlu milk food contamination case are from private milk collecting stations, the country's top quality control official said yesterday.

Dairy farmers are not likely to be responsible for the contamination that caused kidney stones in about 580 infants, one of who died on Thursday, he said.

"It's unlikely that dairy farmers mixed the industrial chemical melamine in fresh milk. We believe the contamination is more likely to have occurred at milk collecting stations," Li Changjiang, minister of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), told China Daily on a train to Shijiazhuang.

The company, based in Hebei's provincial capital of Shijiazhuang, recalled about 700 tons of its baby milk food from the market on Thursday.

On Friday, Sanlu and the Shijiazhuang government had blamed "defective" fresh milk supplied by dairy farmers for the contamination.

An initial investigation, they said, "showed some farmers had mixed melamine in their milk so that they passed factory quality tests because the chemical makes milk appear rich in protein".

In the Hebei quality supervision and quarantine bureau laboratory, Li was shown more than 60 bags of white powder seized by police. Tests have shown that many of them contain a high level of melamine, a chemical used mainly to make plates, bowls, mugs and other sundry products.

Cheng Fang, director of the Hebei quality supervision and quarantine bureau, said almost all the samples were seized from local milk collecting stations.

"It's shocking," Li said. "It's a crime against the people."

The authorities will continue their probe into the case and those found guilty will get "severe punishment", Li said.

The AQSIQ has begun a nationwide quality inspection of the country's 175 baby milk food factories' products, and the results will be released in a day or two, he said.

The authorities will test the other dairy products, too, after completing their investigation into infant milk food.

AQSIQ teams have also left for Guangdong, Heilongjiang and Inner Mongolia, the largest dairy products' making areas, to ensure local governments intensify their inspections on dairy products.

"The teams' primary objective is to underscore the priority the central government accords to the (contamination) case," a notice posted on AQSIQ's website said.

On Saturday evening the State Administration for Industry and Commerce banned the sale of all Sanlu baby milk food made before Aug 6.

The State Council, the country's cabinet, declared a first-class national food safety emergency.

It has formed a leading national group, comprising officials of the Ministry of Health, AQSIQ and local governments, to look into the case.

On Saturday, Vice-Minister of Health Gao Qiang promised to take food quality supervision to a "new level".

The health ministry has notified the World Health Organization, the health department of the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions, the New Zealand embassy in China and the press about the development, Gao told a news briefing.

Sanlu Group, one of China's largest milk powder producers, is partly owned by New Zealand's Fonterra Cooperative Group.

The State Council Taiwan Affairs Office has notified Taiwan's departments about the situation, too.

Xinhua contributed to the story

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Post time 2008-9-15 21:28:13 |Display all floors

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I'm glad to see that Fonterra and the NZ gov't were responsible and dligently trying to get the product(s) recalled due to safety concerns. Please, nobody hold this against the NZ parent company or my government, we tried but, as usual, had our heads banged against the wall by Chinese beauracracy. the fault lies squarely on the shoulders of the management of sanlu, who've probably caused their NZ parent company to lose their investment.......who compensates that as well as the victims?

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Post time 2008-9-16 08:43:29 |Display all floors

Two held for Sanlu-brand baby milk food scam

Two brothers who sold about 3 tons of fresh milk to the Sanlu Group a day were arrested in Hebei province on Sunday because their product was adulterated.

Sanlu, a leading baby milk food producer, is in the grip of a scandal after its contaminated products have caused the death of two infants. Altogether, 1,253 infants across the country have been diagnosed with the ailment after drinking Sanlu milk.

The brothers, surnamed Geng, and residents of Zhengding county in Shijiazhuang, face charges for producing and selling toxic and hazardous food, Shi Guizhong, spokesman for the Hebei provincial public security bureau, said Monday. Under the Criminal Law, the heaviest penalty for such a crime is death.

Shi said the Geng siblings had been running a private milk collection center since May 2004, when they signed a supply contract with Sanlu, based in Shijiazhuang, provincial capital of Hebei.

The elder Geng, 48, began mixing melamine, a chemical banned for use in food processing, with milk at the end of last year. Melamine, often used in the plastic and other industries, can get around factory quality tests if it is added to fresh milk and can make milk appear rich in protein, experts said.

Geng began mixing the chemical because he suffered a huge loss after Sanlu rejected its supplies several times for they failure to meet its standards, Shi said.

He has confessed to the crime and said "his family never drank the contaminated milk", and he was aware that he was deceiving Sanlu by mixing the chemical, Shi said.

Asked if he knew the consequences of such an act, Geng said: "I've never asked and never thought about it. I only know it's bad for health."

The Geng siblings are the first to be arrested, and were among the 19 people detained by police for their alleged involvement in the adulteration scandal. Like the Geng brothers, 16 of the other detainees are from private milk collecting centers. The last one is suspected of selling melamine illegally.

Zhang Yunchuan, Party secretary of Hebei, said on Saturday night that the guilty would get "severe punishment" because "we owe the people an explanation".

The Shijiazhuang government said yesterday that the more than 10,000 tons of Sanlu milk food seized or recalled would be destroyed under the supervision of quality control authorities. Another 700 tons of milk food is on its way back to Shijiazhuang.

The scandal reflects the poor management and supervision over milk products, according to experts. Wang Dingmian, a China Dairy Association official, said most of the fresh milk for Sanlu came from its subordinate dairy farms.

"But given the huge demand, Sanlu needed to get some from private milk collecting centers, too, giving illegal operators a chance to make a fast buck." Such private milk collecting stations can often be seen in Shaanxi, Gansu, Heilongjiang and Hebei provinces.

Chen Min, China Agricultural University's professor of food science, said the scandal could deal a heavy blow to individual dairy farmers because collecting centers are normally the only place where they can sell their fresh milk.

If dairy firms stop buying their products, "the farmers will have no option but to kill their cows", she said.

Assessing scandal impact

The Ministry of Agriculture began an inspection drive against the dairy industry yesterday. Ministerial teams were sent to six major milk-producing areas: Beijing, and Hebei, Heilongjiang and Henan provinces, and the Xinjiang Uygur and Inner Mongolia autonomous regions.

The officials will talk to dairy farmers, fodder producers, people running milk collection centers and supermarket officials to find out their concerns and suggestions, the ministry said.

They will try to assess the impact of the Sanlu scandal on the dairy industry, and suggest how to protect farmers and promote the stable development of the dairy industry.

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Post time 2008-9-16 12:01:51 |Display all floors

China's Sanlu apologizes for milk powder contamination

China's Sanlu apologizes for milk powder contamination
SHIJIAZHUANG, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- China dairy giant Sanlu Group apologized to the public on Monday for its contaminated milkpowder which had sickened 1,253 babies with kidney stones, two fatally.
    Zhang Zhenling, Sanlu's vice president, read a letter of apology at a news briefing on Monday afternoon here in Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei Province, where the corporation is based.
    "The serious safety accident of the Sanlu formula milk powder for infants has caused severe harm to many sickened babies and their families. We feel really sad about this," he said while reading the letter to reporters.
    "Sanlu Group expresses its most sincere apology to you."  
    "We solemnly declare we will recall all the infant milk powder produced prior to August 6," Zhang said. "And for those produced after that date, we will also make a recall if consumers have doubts and worries."

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Post time 2008-9-16 12:31:13 |Display all floors
Wang Yuanping, a ordinary citizen in Taishun, Wenzhou discovered something wrong with her daughter who drank Sanlu milkpowder in November last year. She demanded that the local department for industry and commerce and Snalu factory to test on the milkpowder. All her efforts were in vain for the cost of tests needed more than 10,000 yuan. Then she submitted posts on the forums of some major websites. With more and more concerns from netizens, Wang Yuanping got an explanation from the Sanlu agency in Wenzhou. Due to confidence in famous brand product against inspection, she agreed to delete the posts on the internet. As compensation, Sanlu offered 4 boxes of Sanlu milkpowder having a worth of 2,476 yuan.

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Post time 2008-9-16 13:46:37 |Display all floors
China should be alert to all forms of terrorisms,
and perhaps this might be one of it that the enemy camps are using to further attack and tarnish the image of the country.
Of course, this would not have happened without the helps of many 'running dogs' inside
so treat this case seriously as it were acts of terrorisms,
punish those involved in this case severely as if they were murderous terrorists threatening innocent lives and the country's security!!

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Post time 2008-9-16 13:53:34 |Display all floors
Originally posted by correction at 2008-9-16 13:46
China should be alert to all forms of terrorisms,
and perhaps this might be one of it that the enemy camps are using to further attack and tarnish the image of the country.
Of course, this would ...

It seems to me that there is no connection between the case and terrorists. You cannot blame everything to the terrorists even if they exist in our society. I think the government should attach great importance to the food safety problem and sentence those responsible to death.

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