Milk Powder Questioned for Causing Precocious Puberty

China Hush translates a story on a possible contaminated milk powder incident. In this case, the milk powder may be responsible for the premature development of breasts in a 4-month-old baby:

Xiao Dan, 4 month, lives in Hankou. Xiao Xia, 9 month, lives in Hanyang. Xiao Fei, 15 month, lives in Wuchang. Living in three different towns in Wuhan, three baby girls have been drinking the same brand of milk powder; their bodies all appeared to be early maturing and began to develop breasts. Angry parents invariably pointed to the milk powder factory as the culprit. Reporters spent last week investigating, trying to uncover the truth.

Who are the victims? 4 month old baby girl started to develop breasts, estrogen level has reached the level of an adult women!

Who is responsible? Authoritarian doctors questioned the milk powder which babies have been using, but the company firmly denied, however they have already found the parents to discuss compensation plans.

Who is in charge? Parents filed complain to the Trade and Industry Bureau. The Trade and Industry Bureau told them to go to the Department of Quality Inspection, but the Department of Quality Inspection said they do not accept individual requests. When they went to the hospital, the hospital said they are not capable of conducting tests.

The government held a press conference today to address the allegations. From Global Times:

The Ministry of Health of the People’s Republic of China released a press conference Today in response to recent accusations over its Synutra infant-formula containing hormones that can cause sexual prematurity. The ministry said that there is no accurate testing standard to confirm the formula actually possesses the hormone.

Deng Haihua, the ministry’s spokesperson, said at the conference that the Hubei and Regulatory Office (HFSRO) has been given the task to investigate on the formula. However, the results of the examination into the suspected milk products are still pending.

The office and relevant departments had tested the samples of the suspected products, and many clinical laboratory experts had organized consultations on girls who had showed symptoms of sexual prematurity. They will now develop an epidemiological research and find out the link between the babies’ symptoms and the formula they ate.

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