China Dairy Closed for Melamine-Tainted Milk

The New York Times reports that melamine-tainted milk still is being produced in China:

melamineChinese authorities shut down a dairy producer here and arrested three of its executives after tests showed the company was producing milk powder contaminated with melamine, the same industrial chemical that in 2008 was blamed for one of this country’s worst food safety scandals… But the recent cases also suggest that even after 20 of the country’s biggest dairy producers were blamed for allowing melamine to taint their products in 2008, and even after several people were jailed and executed for their role in the scandal, the chemical continues to seep into the nation’s dairy goods.

Here in Shanghai, city inspectors closed the Shanghai Panda Dairy Company on Thursday for producing milk that had “unacceptably high levels” of melamine, according to the state-run news media.

Shanghai officials said the melamine turned up in routine inspections in condensed, high-calcium milk powder that was marketed to middle-age and elderly consumers… The government said that Shanghai Panda was one of the companies on the government’s melamine blacklist after the 2008 scandal, recording some of the highest levels of contamination. But the company was allowed to resume production after promises to strengthen its safety procedures.

See also this December CDT post about tainted milk powder in Shaanxi.

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