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Post time 2008-9-12 08:20:57 |Display all floors
The Sanlu Group recalled about 700 tons of its baby milk food, as one of the infants diagnosed with kidney stones after being fed the food died in Gansu province Thursday.
One of the country's largest dairy products' makers said its milk food had been contaminated with a chemical called melamine. The announcement came after the company conducted an internal investigation.

A Gansu provincial health department spokesman said that altogether 59 infants have been diagnosed with kidney stones in the province this year. Reports said many of them had been fed the same brand of milk food. No infants were diagnosed with kidney stones last year or in 2006 in the province.

Health experts said there is a link between melamine and kidney stones.
The first case was reported by the People's Liberation Army No 1 Hospital in Gansu's provincial capital of Lanzhou on June 28.
Similar cases have been reported from across the country - from the Ningxia Hui autonomous region, Gansu and Shaanxi to Jiangsu, Shandong, Anhui and Hunan provinces. But the total number of cases is not known.

Samples of the milk food were tested in a State-run laboratory, the country's food and drugs watchdog said. The Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) launched a probe on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, which is helping with the investigation, said traces of cyanuramide that can cause kidney stones were found in Sanlu-brand milk products.

Earlier, Sanlu had said its products did not have any quality problems because they had passed State food safety tests. Yang Li, spokesperson for Shijiazhuang-based company, said a Sanlu team has left for Gansu to conduct its own probe.

Another Sanlu official said the milk food might have been mislabeled, or "someone" might have been selling spurious products under the company's brand, according to Xinhua.

Sanlu Group, based in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, is partly owned by New Zealand dairy export giant Fonterra Cooperative Group.

In a statement carried by the New Zealand Press Association, Fonterra said its Chinese partner was moving to ensure its products were safe.

Sanlu products have caused food scares before, too. In 2005, Tianjin authorities seized hundreds of cases of mislabeled Sanlu yogurt.

Kidney stones are small, solid masses that form when salt or minerals normally found in urine crystallize inside the kidney. They can move out of the kidney if they become too big and cause infection, and even lead to permanent kidney damage.

In 2004, at least 13 babies in Anhui province died after drinking spurious milk food, which investigators later found had no nutritional value. The deaths rocked the country and triggered widespread probes into food and health safety.

China Daily - agencies

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Post time 2008-9-12 09:24:58 |Display all floors
Originally posted by winnie0306 at 2008-9-12 08:20
The Sanlu Group recalled about 700 tons of its baby milk food, as one of the infants diagnosed with kidney stones after being fed the food died in Gansu province Thursday.
One of the country's la ...

I would look very closely at any company in competition with Sanlu who would benefit from the Sanlu name being discredited.
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Post time 2008-9-12 17:29:36 |Display all floors
There are a few questions here I would like to raise.

China's Ministry of Health said on Thursday that Melamine was "highly suspected" to have contaminated batches of Sanlu milk formula. Sanlu recalling milk formula made before 6 August. Here are the questions.

1) Wasn't Melamine the substance that kill many American pets last year ? Those people want to kill our babies just like they kill American pets ?
2) Before 6 August, that is a year or more than a year after the American pet deaths, haven't they learnt a lesson about honesty and quality monitoring ?
3) Rural buyers said they bought the milk powder cheaper than usual. Why cheaper than ususal ? and now we are close to finding out Melamine . Why ? Is this a deliberate act ?
4) Are lives less important than profits ?
5) Despite the execution of China's corrupt official last year due to the scandals, why corruption in this area still exist ? Are the officials really taking Chinese laws seriously ? or they think this is just a joke ? Do as you like ?
6) Why didn't Sanlu answer the calls from foreign journalists ? Are they hiding something ?
7) Are Chinese business people and corporates concerned about China ?
8) Why after 4 years, this kind of bad practice in baby milk powder still go on ?
9) What measures is the government taking ?
10 ) How will the culprits be punished ?

Please to all the reporters, businessment with/without conscience, officials think about this, please read it.

Do those unscrupulous businessmen really consider themselves human and Chinese ? why they produce substandard products to harm people ?



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Post time 2008-9-12 17:31:11 |Display all floors
The government should take measures to quarantee the food safety of the national brand porducts and the goreign ones. The relevant people responsible for the incident should be severely punished!

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Post time 2008-9-12 20:17:51 |Display all floors
The only thing who will avoid such drama

1) traceability system : you know WHAT you eat and WHO made it (Most of ch food product are insufficient). things like bio label in china are all but trustable

2) peoples around the world must fight to obtain a law that obligate companies to proove the news food product are safe before selling them. this point is the most difficult to get, as it is seen as an economic obstacle. And This is the price our children pay.

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Post time 2008-9-12 20:37:19 |Display all floors
I have nothing to say
bring down sanlu

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