China Recalls Milk in New Poison Scare

Melamine contamination feared in 7 provinces
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2010 3:48 AM CST
China Recalls Milk in New Poison Scare
In this Oct. 16, 2008 file photo, a Chinese worker checks ingredients in milk products in a lab of Yili Industrial Group Co., one of China's largest dairy producers, in Hohhot, north China's Inner Mongolia region. China's food industry still suffers from the use of dangerous illegal additives, a health...   (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan, File)

(Newser) – China is recalling milk in a new melamine scare a year after thousands of infants were sickened by the poison that contaminated milk and infant formula. The recall so far is limited to products from a single Shanghai dairy. But it involves milk distributed throughout seven provinces amid renewed concerns that the government is not adequately policing food safety, reports the Wall Street Journal. Shanghai Panda Dairy Co. was shut after its condensed and powdered milk were found to contain excessive amounts of melamine.

Melamine is used illegally because it appears to boost the protein quality of milk in food inspections. Panda Dairy was implicated in the 2008 melamine poisoning scandal that involved several companies, sickened 300,000 babies and killed 6. (Read more melamine stories.)

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