China: Tainted Formula Hits 13K Babies

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2008 1:18 PM CDT
Customers return milk powder products at a supermarket in Chengdu, in southwest China's Sichuan province Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008.    (AP Photo/Color China Photo)
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(Newser) – The number of Chinese babies hospitalized with kidney problems after drinking contaminated milk formula has skyrocketed to 13,000, the country's health ministry said today —more than double previous estimates of 6,000. Four children have died so far, AFP reports, in the outbreak blamed on melamine, the same chemical at fault in last year's widespread pet food recall.