Nearly 13,000 children in China sick due to tainted milk powder

By | September 22, 2008

Nearly 13000 children in China sick due to tainted milk powder

Nearly 13,000 children in China have been hospitalised due to tainted Chinese milk powder, officials say.

China’s health ministry said 104 out of 12,892 babies showed serious symptoms. Four infants have died after drinking the milk of the Sanlu Group containing the industrial chemical melamine, which could cause urinary problems. Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, a toddler has been diagnosed with a kidney stone after drinking the powder – the first such case outside mainland China.  A number of Asian and African countries have now banned Chinese dairy imports following the scandal. Chinese police have arrested 18 people in connection with the scandal….

They said that 1,579 babies had been treated and discharged, adding that hospitals had checked nearly 40,000 baby patients. Meanwhile, Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao said that the authorities were doing everything possible to “prevent this happening again, not just with milk products, but with all foods”.- bbc

The look on that little guy’s face says it all. “What the heck is wrong with you adults? You are supposed to keep us safe, not make us sick.”

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