China Vows Overhaul of ‘Chaotic’ Milk Industry
In its strongest action yet, China’s highest level of government called the industry “chaotic” and acknowledged there was a lack of oversight.
At Monday’s meeting of the State Council, or Cabinet, the government said it would punish companies and officials involved in the contamination of milk products that has been blamed in the deaths of four babies and for sickening more than 54,000 children.
The scandal revealed “that China’s dairy production and circulation has been chaotic and supervision has been gravely absent,” said a notice about the meeting on the government’s Web site. Unscrupulous “elements” and companies had also put profit above people’s lives, it said.
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SOURCES: CCTV, China; BBC, U.K.; Al Jazeera, Qatar; ABC News, U.S.; SABC, South Africa; KBS News, South Korea; Associated Press, U.S.