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China makes arrests in tainted-milk probe

Beijing (AP) Chinese police arrested two brothers suspected of adding a dangerous chemical to milk they sold to a company that produced infant formula that killed two babies and sickened more than 1,200 others, state media reported Monday.

The two brothers, surnamed Geng, run a milk collection center in Hebei Province and are accused of adding melamine, a chemical used in plastics, to the milk to make it appear higher in protein, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Melamine is rich in nitrogen and standard tests for protein in food ingredients measure nitrogen levels.

Vice Health Minister Ma Xiaowei on Monday said 913 of the infants were only slightly affected and their condition was not considered life threatening. However, 340 remained hospitalized and 53 cases were considered especially severe, he said.

The company that produced the infant formula, Sanlu Group Co., is China's biggest producer of powdered milk and is 43 percent owned by a New Zealand dairy farmers' cooperative, Fonterra. The world's biggest milk trader said Sunday it had urged Sanlu to recall the product as early as six weeks ago. Sanlu did not order a recall until last Thursday.


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BOI China Information Center: มณฑลเหอเป่ย

Questions and Answers on melamine

สารเมลามีนคืออะไร? หน้า 1, 2, 3 (สารเมลามีนคืออะไร, มาตรการการจัดการของจีนต่อผู้ผลิตนมผงผสมสารปนเปื้อน, นมผงจีนกับนมโคไทย, พิษภัยจากสารเมลามีน)

Xinhua News Agency: Brief Introduction





tainted (adj.)  


probe (n.) (Merriam-Webster)

[Etymology: Medieval Latin proba "examination," from Latin probare]
1: a slender medical instrument used especially for exploration (as of a wound or body cavity)

2 a: any of various testing devices or substances: as (1): a pointed metal tip for making electrical contact with a circuit element being checked (2): a usually small object that is inserted into something so as to test conditions at a given point (3): a device used to penetrate or send back information especially from outer space or a celestial body (4): a device (as an ultrasound generator) or a substance (as radioactively labeled DNA) used to obtain specific information for diagnostic or experimental purposes b: a pipe on the receiving airplane thrust into the drogue of the delivering airplane in air refueling

3 a: the action of probing b: a penetrating or critical investigation c: a tentative exploratory advance or survey


infant formula (n.) นมผงเด็ก นมเด็ก นมทารก นมทารกชนิดน้ำ

milk collection center

collect (v.)


standard (adj.) (Merriam-Webster)

1 a: constituting or conforming to a standard especially as established by law or custom <standard weight> b: sound and usable but not of top quality <standard beef>

2 a: regularly and widely used, available, or supplied <standard automobile equipment> b: well-established and very familiar <the standard opera>

3: having recognized and permanent value <a standard reference work>

4: substantially uniform and well established by usage in the speech and writing of the educated and widely recognized as acceptable <standard pronunciation is subject to regional variations>





ไต้หวัน สั่งระงับการนำเข้านมผงยี่ห้อ Sanlu จากประเทศจีน

Melamine: FAQs

สาร เมลามีนคืออะไร?? แล้วนมเด็กมีสารเหล่านี้ได้อย่างไร?!?



สัท อักษรภาษาจีน: พยัญชนะ

Chinese Pinyin in 6 Mins




Trans, Tini. "China Warns More May Be Sickened by Tainted Milk." Taiwan News, 16 Sep. 2008.

China warns more may be sickened by tainted milk
By TINI TRAN, Associated Press
2008/09/16 21:15

China's Health Ministry warned that even more babies may have been sickened by contaminated milk powder as an investigation continued Tuesday into the tainted product already linked to the deaths of two infants and the illnesses of more than 1,200 others.

The official Xinhua News Agency quoted the ministry as saying medical agencies were prepared for the probe to uncover additional cases and were setting up a treatment system for affected infants.


The company at the heart of the widening food scandal, Sanlu Group Co., has apologized for the tainted milk powder, which the Health Ministry says was spiked with the industrial chemical melamine. The company says suppliers who sold the raw milk apparently added the chemical, normally used in plastics, to make the milk seem higher in protein.


State broadcaster CCTV reported on its Tuesday evening newscast that a nationwide inspection of the 175 companies producing baby milk powder showed that 22 of them had traces of melamine in their products. Only one company, based in the southern province of Guangdong, exported its products abroad _ to Bangladesh, Yemen, and Burma, CCTV said.


Zhang Zhenling, Sanlu's vice president, apologized Monday but did not explain why the company took so long to inform the public about the contamination despite receiving complaints as early as March and having tests confirm the presence of the chemical in early August.


The company went public with the information after its New Zealand stakeholder told the New Zealand government, which then informed the Chinese government.


"The serious safety accident of the Sanlu formula milk powder for infants has caused severe harm to many sickened babies and their families. We feel really sad about this," Zhang said, reading from a prepared statement.


Chinese health officials said 1,200 infants have been sickened by the tainted milk powder, and police announced they had arrested two more milk suppliers from northern Hebei province late Monday.


In total, four men have been arrested, spokesman Shi Guizhong with the Hebei Provincial Security Department was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua News Agency on Tuesday. The newly arrested dealers were only identified by their surnames as Ma, 40, and Zhao, 43.


Earlier, police said they had arrested two brothers, surnamed Geng, who ran a milk collection center in Hebei province and are accused of adding melamine, Xinhua said. They sold about three tons of contaminated milk a day, the report said.


On Monday, the Health Ministry said a second infant from Gansu province had died of kidney failure after drinking the milk.


Vice Health Minister Ma Xiaowei told reporters that 1,253 infants had been sickened _ mainly after developing kidney stones _ more than twice the number previously acknowledged. Of those, 913 of the infants were only slightly affected, while 340 remained hospitalized and 53 cases were considered especially severe, he said.


It is the second crisis to raise questions about government accountability in China since the Beijing Olympics ended Aug. 24. At least 254 people died last week when a retaining wall of a waste dump at an illegal mine in northern China collapsed. The Shanxi provincial governor resigned and his deputy was fired.


The incident is an embarrassing failure for China's product safety system, which was overhauled to restore consumer confidence and preserve export markets after a string of recalls and warnings abroad over tainted toothpaste, faulty tires and other goods.


It is also the second major case in recent years involving baby formula. In 2004, more than 200 Chinese infants suffered malnutrition and at least 12 died after being fed phony formula that contained no nutrients.


The discovery of the tainted milk is especially damaging because Sanlu Group Co. is China's biggest producer of powdered milk and such large companies are expected to act as industry role models for safety and quality.


Shoddy and fake goods are common in China, and infants, hospital patients and others have been killed or injured by tainted or fake milk, medicines, liquor and other products.


None of the milk powder was exported to Europe or the United States, although Sanlu is 43 percent owned by a New Zealand dairy farmers' cooperative, Fonterra.


Fonterra, the world's biggest milk trader, says it urged Sanlu to recall the product as early as Aug. 2. Sanlu did not order a recall until last Thursday, after the New Zealand government took up the issue with China.


Chinese officials have defended their response but blamed Sanlu Group for delays in warning the public. Officials say they were not alerted until last week.


Details of the children's deaths show the problem appeared to have gone undetected for months. The first victim, a five-month-old boy from the western city of Lanzhou, died May 1, ministry officials said. The second, an eight-month-old girl also from Lanzhou, died July 22.
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