China Says Most Tainted Milk Products Recalled

The Chinese Health Ministry has reported that recent tainted milk products have been recalled:

Earlier this week China declared a new food-safety campaign after melamine-tainted milk products from an earlier scandal showed up repackaged in several places around the country, exposing weaknesses in the country’s promise to stop such problems from happening again.

“As of now, most of the tainted milk products have been recalled and destroyed, and none has entered the market or been exported,” said a statement posted on the Health Ministry’s Web site… State media reported on Feb. 8 that officials recalled 170 tons of tainted milk powder in the northern region of Ningxia and said almost 100 tons had not yet been found. Two dairies were closed… China ordered tens of thousands of milk products laced with the industrial chemical melamine burned or buried. But the government did not carry out the destruction itself.

The statement on the ministry Web site said some companies did not fulfill their responsibilities and some hid tainted milk products or fabricated test reports to avoid inspections.

See also this past CDT post from February on the search for contaminated milk.

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