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« on: Fri 19 September, 2008 - 11:01 am »

China Milk Scandal Widens as Melamine Found in Yogurt (Update1)

By Lee Spears and Dune Lawrence

Sept. 16 (Bloomberg) -- China's tainted milk scandal widened as melamine was found in products of a second dairy company, after infant formula contaminated by the chemical was linked to 1,253 cases of infant kidney stones, killing two.

Wellcome, a supermarket chain owned by Dairy Farm International Holdings Ltd., said it will stop selling ice cream made by Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group after the chemical was found in a sample, according to a statement sent by e-mail late today.

The discovery in Hong Kong of the industrial chemical in a second company's products boosts concerns that contamination may be widespread after the Ministry of Health said melamine-tainted milk made by Sanlu Group Co. sickened children. Milk powder produced by 22 Chinese dairy producers, including Sanlu and Yili, were found to have melamine, China Central Television reported late today.

``There should be more and reliable testing laboratories established where you can check these products,'' Joerg Wuttke, president of the European Chamber of Commerce in China, said today in a phone interview from Brussels. ``This is a severe weakness.''

Sanlu, 43 percent owned by New Zealand's Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd., apologized to consumers and promised to recall all milk powder produced before Aug. 6, Xinhua News reported late yesterday.

Hu Liping, board secretary of Yili, wasn't immediately available for comment when called after office hours today. Calls to different phone numbers at the company weren't picked up.

Melamine can make the protein level in dairy products appear higher than it is. The chemical, used to make plastics and in tanning leather, was found in exported pet food last year and blamed for killing thousands of cats and dogs in the U.S.

`Natural Choice' Yogurt

Hong Kong's Food and Environmental Hygiene Department found melamine in Yili's ``Natural Choice Yogurt Ice-bar with Real Fruit,'' Wellcome said in its statement. The supermarket operator said it will stop selling all Yili brand ice cream as a precaution.

Other products made by the dairy company will still be for sale, according to Annie Sin, Wellcome's marketing and communication manager. Wellcome had sold Yili ice cream products in some of its more than 250 stores in Hong Kong, Sin said.

People who answered the 24-hour hot line of the Food and Environmental Hygiene's Center for Food Safety in Hong Kong said no statement had been issued and that they couldn't comment.

Fonterra Recall

Separately, Fonterra recalled one batch of prenatal milk sold in China under the Anmum Materna brand name, according to a statement sent by e-mail today. The batch was manufactured under license by Sanlu using local raw milk that may have been contaminated and sold only in China, according to the statement.

All other batches of Fonterra's Anmum and Anlene products were produced using milk imported from New Zealand, the company said. A media officer who returned a message at Fonterra's 24-hour media line said the batch recalled was 11 metric tons.

China announced an investigation into Sanlu's infant formula last week after reports of a rash of cases of kidney stones in infants in at least seven provinces. The company has since admitted that it knew of the contamination in early August, more than a month before the public recall issued last week.

The Ministry of Health ordered the recall of products made by the 22 dairy companies that produced milk powder found to contain melamine, China Central Television reported, citing the latest findings in the government's investigation.

Two more men were arrested in China for allegedly adding melamine to milk, bringing to four the number of people arrested in relation to the scandal. The two milk dealers, who supplied Sanlu, were arrested early today, according to a statement from the Hebei Province Public Security Bureau.

Yili's shares fell to the lowest in more than two years in Shanghai trading, which closed for the day before Wellcome sent its statement. Yili fell 6 percent to close at 13.43 yuan, the lowest since March 2006.

To contact the reporter on this story: Lee Spears in Beijing at lspears2@bloomberg.net.

Last Updated: September 16, 2008 10:28 EDT

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so, when are we going to wake up and start buying our own stuff again? certainly it can be more expensive, sadly, but there comes a point when safety must surely override other considerations. we need to look out for ourselves cause it doesn't look like anyone else is.


4 babies died so far 
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« Reply #1 on: Fri 19 September, 2008 - 01:05 pm »

we?

i thought all this was going on in China?  eek

btw... ARRRRRRRRRGGGHHHHH!!!!
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« Reply #2 on: Fri 19 September, 2008 - 01:30 pm »

matey-o!


no, I heard on the news this morning that they are searching some of the baby formula's in nz too now.
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« Reply #4 on: Fri 19 September, 2008 - 02:19 pm »

ye that ^^^
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« Reply #5 on: Tue 23 September, 2008 - 01:45 pm »

wr we have been talking about all this here to

looked at some jars last night
made in australia from local and imported ingrediants
wtf are the imported ingrediants??

very very hard to find true local products now
'less you make your own eg: sauces, jams, peanut butter etc

we are putting in a larger vege garden next weekend
i've made tomato sauce

meat from the organic butchers
same as fruit and vege

but it's still hard to be totally self sufficiant
and also not to know what is in some products we still
need to buy

i hate buying anything
'made in china'

but so much is

they have f**ked up so badly with
this milk business

then there was the toy problem

then there was formaldahyde in clothing

you gotta wonder
where will it end
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« Reply #6 on: Tue 23 September, 2008 - 01:50 pm »

  exactly!

it has just gradually snuck up on us, this dependence on other countries. and the lax laws about labelling with regards to point-of-origin and ALL ingredients and whether the food has been irradiated....

and we're stuck a lot of the time because we can't afford organic, or we want/need ingredients which just can't be grown at home.....and on it goes


there was an additional piece on the radio today, affecting Oz too, about some particular lollies sold in chinese food shops having the melamine in? could be in stores here too.

and how LONG has the melamine been put into our food? 
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« Reply #7 on: Tue 23 September, 2008 - 01:53 pm »

i know

isn't melamine the stuff they make plastic
cups etc out of?

i just feel pissed that in my 'old age'
i have to spend so much time now
looking at labels
checking and rechecking

so easier to make or grow much of what we need


mr is gonna ring one of the numbers on the vegemite
jar
and ask what the imported ingrediants are
 
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« Reply #8 on: Tue 23 September, 2008 - 02:39 pm »

good on him! the more they get hassled.....


 Sweets tainted with melamine found in New Zealand
 New Zealand food safety officials are to test Chinese milk sweets on sale here but banned overseas after being found to be tainted with melamine. Tests in Singapore found that White Rabbit Creamy Candy was contaminated with the chemical. The Food Safety Authority said yesterday it was not aware of the ban but would test sweets found on sale in Chinese supermarkets in Auckland.




who is supplying this flippen malamine anyway? I thought that after the pet food scandal that the 'culprits' had been executed or committed suicide or something horrendous? surely that would have been a warning to others..... 


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melamine  eek
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« Reply #9 on: Tue 23 September, 2008 - 03:29 pm »

then there is the ground up chicken feathers added to bread....http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cysteine#Oxidation_to_cystine_linkages

Cant remember exactly what it does but it gets added to wheat flour in bread making... WTF you dont know what you are eating.. there was a thread on tardme the other day.

I dare say there many other things we should be aware of and arent, thats the good thing about grenies they find out alot of this sort of stuff, but give them other topics and they take it to far... if they could just find a balance...  

still im sure alot of people arent happy about eating pig bristles or chicken feathers in thier food, this could well be a way for bird flu to mutate to a human illness.  So much we are kept in the dark over.


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« Reply #10 on: Tue 23 September, 2008 - 04:22 pm »

ew ew ew 
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« Reply #11 on: Wed 24 September, 2008 - 04:03 pm »

i've just lost my appetite
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