As this issue was sent to the printer, over a thousand Chinese infants were still in hospitals receiving treatment for kidney damage caused by tainted milk. This is months after the Melamine scandal broke. It’s now common knowledge that many dairy products in China were contaminated with Melamine. A total of 50,741 children in that country have recovered and been discharged. But four children died in China from problems caused by melamine. A global panic resulted as products including sweets, biscuits and ice-cream were found to be contaminated. The scandal fueled domestic fears about the food safety and caused the “made in China” brand to be a problem at a time of global slowdown and sluggish exports.
The United States has since banned all imports of Chinese food products unless they are certified either free of dairy or free of melamine. The white powder was added to watered down milk because it mimics protein in some quality tests, and has since shown up in eggs because it was added to animal feed for the same reason. It’s normally used in making plastics including floor tiles, whiteboards and kitchenware. Door-to-door screening of more than 307,000 Beijing families with children under the age of three found that over 75,000 babies had been fed contaminated milk formula, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
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