Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Arrests for fake milk in China

The BBC reports that 46 people have been arrested in connection with the fake baby milk scandal in China. The fake milk has no nutritional value and has lead to the deaths of tens of babies at least:
'Local press reports say more than 50 babies died there after being fed fake milk powder with no nutritional value.
The local authorities had known of the complaints for almost a year, but took no action until the scandal was publicised on national television. ...
Investigators found almost 30 factories producing the bogus product, according to Xinhua [the Chinese government news agency].
More horrifying stories have emerged in recent weeks, of industrial salt and pesticides containing cancer-causing ingredients being used in preserved vegetables and noodles.'

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