China Begins Emergency Check of Dairy Products

China is launching a ten-day emergency inspection campaign of dairy products after goods that had been recalled in the 2008 melamine scare were found back on the shelves. The New York Times reports:

The government ordered all suspect products to be recalled and destroyed, but some “unscrupulous” companies have taken the recalled products and repackaged them for sale, said Health Minister Chen Zhu during a teleconference call over the weekend, China Daily said.

Melamine-laced milk powder had resurfaced mostly as an ingredient in processed food like ice cream and condensed milk, the newspaper said.

Mr. Chen said the recall of tainted dairy products is “an uncompleted task that has to be completed.”

The latest announcement is likely to undermine further confidence in Chinese food and other products, which have been at the center of prominent safety scandals in recent years.

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