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Reports in the Chinese news media say that as many as 60 babies have been admitted to hospitals with kidney stones and that the illnesses have been linked to powdered formula.
Melamine, a byproduct of plastic manufacturing, can be used to mimic high-protein additives.
On Friday, China Health Ministry spokesman Mao Qunan said, "Those responsible will face serious punishment," according to the Xinhua news agency. The agency said investigators concluded the chemical was added when the milk was purchased from farmers but gave no other details. It said 78 "suspicious people" were summoned for questioning.
Originally posted by lostbug
Wow, I'm surprised you're only getting this info now....it's been on our news for at least a week. But then again, our main dairy supplier was operating a joint venture with the Chinese company, the San Lu Group, to supply the milk powder. Fonterra, the NZ company, is now saying that the San Lu Group brand is 'irreparably damaged.'
I found it most odd that this story broke on our news within days of a documentary on the Tylenol murders in Chicago was aired on a local channel-especially since it allowed a comparison between how Johnson & Johnson and Fonterra are/were handling the adulteration of their products.