China Orders Milk Product Recall

The Chinese government has ordered the recall of all milk and milk products produced more than a month ago. From BBC:

The order, approved by six government ministries and administrations, requires shops across China to take off the shelves all liquid and powdered milk produced before the 14 September, the day before a countrywide inspection of milk producing facilities was launched.

Even those brands that have previously passed the government’s quality tests are not exempt.

The milk products can be placed back on sale again once they pass new safety tests and are labelled as safe.

However, BBC China editor Shirong Chen says the order has so far not been strictly heeded and some stores are still selling dairy products without quality checks or new labels.

Meanwhile, another child in Hong Kong has reportedly fallen sick after drinking Chinese milk. From AP:

On Tuesday, Hong Kong’s government said a 2 1/2-year-old boy developed two kidney stones after consuming melamine-laced milk and cookies. He did not show any signs of renal problems or require hospitalization.

Over the past two years, the boy had regularly consumed milk from the Chinese dairy Yili Industrial Group Co. and eaten chocolate-filled Koala cookies made by Tokyo-based snack maker Lotte Group, said government spokesman Alex Cheng. Samples of Koala cookies in Hong Kong and Yili milk in China have tested positive for melamine.

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