Six Busted in China Milk Scandal

Men nabbed in main dairy region
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2008 2:50 AM CDT
Chinese food safety personnel check on milk at a collection station in Chengdu in southwest China's Sichuan province.   (AP Photo/Color China Photo)
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(Newser) – Six people have been arrested in connection with the tainted milk scandal in China, Reuters reports. The arrests were made in Hohhot, capital of China's main dairy producing region. Thousands of Chinese children have developed kidney problems from drinking milk formula contaminated by melamine. Four have died.

Last week authorities arrested 22 people in Hebei province suspected of being involved with producing melamine and selling it on to milk farms. The milk scandal triggered recalls and warnings among China's trading partners across Southeast Asia as melamine was discovered in infant formula, chocolate, cookies and other products. Melamine is used to artificially boost the protein content of milk and cheat on quality control tests.