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Fake powdered milk found in 10 provinces
The Epoch Times
4/26/2004



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According to an April 22 a report from Xinhua News Agency, an incident of inferior powdered milk being consumed by babies in Fuyang, Anhui Province, extends to neighboring Heze, Shandong Province. In Heze, an infant started to show symptoms of malnutrition after ingesting the powdered milk. In addition to Shandong Province, the inferior product has been found in Guangdong, Hainan, Hubei, Zhejiang, Sichuan, Guangxi, Henan and Gansu provinces. In Beijing, the city government is investigating two companies suspected of producing the inferior infant supplement.

According to CCTV, a baby less than 4 months old in the People’s hospital of Heze currently shows the same symptoms as the infants who were fed with the inferior product in Fuyang, including an enlarged head, facial edema and short limbs. The hospital identified malnutrition as the reason for the symptoms in the baby, who has been drinking the same powdered milk since birth. The physician in charge suspected that malnutrition was possibly caused by the long-term usage of the inferior powdered milk.

At the same time, in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, more than 200 packages of the powdered milk were found; 87 incidents were discovered in Hainan Island; and 17 bags were found in Wuhan, Hubei Province. In Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, the wholesaler of the inferior powdered milk has been found to be based in Xiaoshan commercial city. Seventeen bags have been sold in Chengdu, Sichuan Province; it has been found in a large supermarket of Zhengzhou, Henan Province; and in Lanzhou, Gansu Province, some food wholesale stores still publicly sell the milk.

Because the inferior product was produced by both Weier and Beierkang dairy companies, the Beijing city government went to these two to conduct a detailed examination. The comprehensive exam results, including chemical and microorganism tests, are to be announced before the end of this week. In addition, Beijing city government issued an order to stop the sales of all kinds of powered milk produced by both dairy companies.

This has reportedly shocked the people of China, as well as Premier Minister Wen Jiabao. The police in Fuyang arrested five wholesalers of the inferior product on April 21. Two have admitted their actions. According to statistics from the public health system of Fuyang, 171 babies showed the symptoms of malnutrition because of the usage of the inferior powered milk, and 13 babies have died from it.

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