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22 September 2008

53 000 sick from contaminated milk

China's tainted milk scandal has spiralled out of control as authorities said nearly 53 000 children had been sickened as many countries ban or recall Chinese dairy imports.

China's tainted milk scandal spiralled into uncharted territory Monday as authorities said nearly 53 000 children had been sickened and more countries moved to ban or recall Chinese dairy imports.

"There is no timeframe for the ban," said Wang Chih-chao, an official with the Department of Health, but said milk products already on the shelves after passing safety tests would not be removed. Meanwhile retailers in Hong Kong said they were pulling more milk products off their shelves after samples tested positive for melamine.

Melamine in milk leads to mass recalls
Melamine, normally used in making plastics, was first found in infant milk formula in Chinese markets but has since been detected in a range of products with dairy ingredients both in China and abroad.

The situation has become a 'crisis'
Major retailers in Hong Kong were emptying shelves of milk powder products from Nestle, plastic-bottled Dutch Lady milk and canned Mr Brown coffee.

Scam 'has been going on for years'
The melamine scandal first came to light two weeks ago in state-controlled media, but some press reports say the scam had been going on for years.


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