Parents Reject China Milk Settlement

Parents of children sickened or killed by tainted milk are rejecting a government offer of compensation in favor of research and prevention. From the New York Times:

The parents, who have gathered 250 signatures since Sunday, have become an irksome challenge to officials seeking to quell public anger over the widespread contamination of the nation’s dairy supply.

[...] Zhao Lianhai, 37, the father of a 4-year-old boy made ill by the milk, said that the $160 million compensation plan announced last month was inadequate and that it had failed to address the medical needs of children whose health has been profoundly damaged.

“Our biggest demand is not the compensation, but medical treatment and academic research on the influence that melamine will have on the health of our children,” Mr. Zhao, 37, a former journalist, said in interview. “We want to know what kinds of lives are children will face.”

January 13, 2009 1:26 PM
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