3 Sentenced to Death in China Milk Scandal

Chairwoman of tainted milk firm gets life
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2009 3:49 AM CST
A business administration officer examines a pile of melamine-tainted Sanlu products, including baby formula, in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province late last year.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A Chinese court has sentenced three men to die for adulterating milk for profit and poisoning thousands, CNN reports. The former chairwoman of the milk company at the heart of the scandal that killed six infants and sickened 300,000 has been sentenced to life in prison. Other defendants, including middlemen who sold toxic melamine to milking stations seeking to fake higher protein levels, have been sentenced to terms ranging from five years to life.