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China's lousy industry regulation hits its home: Tainted milk and baby formula

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by 2muchcoffeeman, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Oh, nothing they're selling here, fortunately for us. But contaminated baby formula was exported to five countries in Africa and Asia and sold widely at home in China.


    <blockquote> BEIJING - China's tainted milk crisis widened Friday after tests found the industrial chemical melamine in liquid milk produced by three of the country's leading dairy companies, the quality watchdog said.

    <b>Tainted baby formula has been blamed for killing four infants and sickening 6,200 in China since the scandal broke last week. Some 1,300 babies, mostly newborns, are currently in hospitals and 158 of them are suffering from acute kidney failure.</b> Thousands of parents across the country were bringing their children to hospitals for health checks.

    The crisis was initially thought to have been confined to tainted milk powder. But about 10 percent of liquid milk samples taken from Mengniu Dairy Group Co. and Yili Industrial Group Co. — China's two largest dairy producers — contained melamine, according to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine. Milk from Shanghai-based Bright Dairy also showed contamination.</blockquote>

    Melamine is used as a fire retardant (it releases nitrogen when burned). Among other things, it's formed in the digestive system of animals that have digested the pesticide cyromazine. It's toxic and can cause kidney stones and kidney failure. Adding "melamine scrap" to animal feed is apparently common in China; supposedly its high nitrogen content gives the appearance of higher protein content. Apparently that's why it was added to baby formula and milk (after water was added to the milk to increase its volume, per that story).

    Melamine contamination was what led to the pet food recalls here in the U.S. in 2007 and a similar incident in 2004 led to the death of 13 children with 200 more becoming ill. Customers started complaining about this in March and reports were made to the Chinese government in June and Jly; allegedly, nothing was done because of the desire to present a perfect image to the world during the Olympics.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_baby_milk_scandal (very in-depth, lots of good sourcing throughout)

    So much for China's stronger safety standards.
  2. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Olympics are over, what do they care about safety now?
  3. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Deregulation: Getting the evil gubbmint off the backs of hardworking businessmen and allowing the miracle of the marketplace to work its magic. ::) ::)
  4. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    The government is just decreasing the population. What's wrong with that?
  5. concernedjournalist

    concernedjournalist New Member

    China is capitalism unfettered by real government regulation. One-hundred years later, "The Jungle" revisited. Anything goes.

    Kind of like Wall Street...
  6. It almost makes me not want to buy anything made in China anymore. Not after all of the news reports lately.
  7. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    Ha! Try to by a baby toy NOT hecho en China.
  8. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Active Member

    The remarkable part is how the government is trying act compassionate and offer settlements in the health care centers in the wake of the crisis.

    No more threats and intimidation. Since when did the government care about any of the great unwashed?
  9. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Which is part of the problem we have at home: all the manufacturing jobs went over there.
  10. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Reminds me of that book, "Overpopulation in China," by Wi Fukkem Yung. :D
  11. Freelance Hack

    Freelance Hack Active Member

  12. Hammer Pants

    Hammer Pants Active Member

    You said taint.
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