Melamine, the same chemical at the center of the Sanlu milk controversy, has been found in Yili brand yogurt. Bloomberg reports:
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.
Meanwhile, state media is reporting that 20% of dairy companies investigated in the wake of the Sanlu scandal have been found to have produced baby formula tainted with melamine, according to a Reuters report.
The following was posted on Duowei News, translated by CDT:
Chinese Infant Formula Scandal Widens
In recent days Chinese officials have tried to shift all responsibility in the ongoing tainted infant milk formula scandal onto the Sanlu Group, publicizing the fact that the company knew about the tainted milk products for six weeks but tried to cover up the situation. This effort is an attempt to turn public opinion against the corporation and away from criticism of the government to prevent damaging China’s image after the Olympics.
A well-known domestic Chinese portal website sent a journalist to report in an ongoing column from the Sanlu headquarters, but on Sunday September 14 all articles regarding the case were removed. An employee of the website confirmed that the Central Propaganda Department Internet Bureau issued a directive
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