Anxious parents queue up yesterday afternoon at Sanlu Milk’s main distribution centre in Ruzhou, Henan (河南汝州) to return the infant milk powder they bought from the company. The queues spilt over into the streets and caused massive traffic jams.
In the latest food scandal to rock China, at least 100 infants (including at least 22 in Shanghai) have been diagnosed with kidney stones across China after drinking Sanlu’s milk powder, and at least one has died. The health ministry has found the milk powder to be contaminated with melamine, a toxic chemical used to make plastic and tan leather, and dairy farmers have been blamed for the contamination. Meanwhile, in the US, the FDA has issued a statement to say some of the tainted milk powder may have found its way there even though Chinese-made infant powder is illegal in the US.
LA Times: Infant milk powder is latest worry in China
AFP: Number of sick babies jumps in China milk scandal
China Daily: Sanlu to recall milk powder as baby dies
AP: China blames dairy farms for tainted baby formula
Bloomberg: China Says Sanlu Milk Likely Contaminated by Melamine
Reuters: Avoid Chinese-made baby formula, FDA says