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China, Lethal Punishments for Toxic Milk

In a swift and harsh act of justice, China has sentenced 2 men involved with the milk-melamine crisis to death and another man to life in prison. With 6 fatalities and 300,000 babies suffering kidney disease from ingesting baby formula tainted with melamine, a pesticide, China sought an abrupt and decisive end to a national embarrassment and has since taken steps to improve food safety; via BusinessWeek.

Initially China encouraged citizens to breast feed in order to avoid tainted formula and the United States Food and Drug Administration urged consumers not to buy Chinese-made baby formula. And recently research discovered exposure to melamine can cause painful kidney stones.

In 2007, the U.S. quarantined 6,000 hogs contaminated with melamine and cyanuric acid, an ingredient in bleach and herbicides.

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Hanlie - January 26, 2009 8:27 AM

In the West dumping harmful chemicals in food is called "making a profit" and nobody gets sentenced to death over it...

Foodaroo - January 26, 2009 10:38 PM

Because trials are done behind close doors in China (without the public say), there are some who believe that the ones found guilty are just "scapegoats", not the ones who deserve this punishment.

Long term, it will not solve anything. They are just doing this "temporarily" to get US off their backs. For years, HK and Taiwan have been criticizing China for using formaldehyde as a preservative in shiitaki mushrooms. Has anything been done? Nope. China just re-labeled the product to say, "Imported from Japan". Likewise, I think you will see some re-labeling done with the milk powder.

Past statistic shows that China produces over 90% of the world's milk powder. And milk powder is not just used in cookies and in infant's formula but also in ice cream, yogurt, whey protein, and a number of other products.

Peter - October 27, 2011 3:08 PM

I hate the way how so many people keep portraying Chinese people as cheaters, thieves, counterfeiters, and people that enjoy toxic foods. If it was so, then the law in China would not punish people for these things.

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