Students ignore milk warnings

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 October, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 October, 2008, 12:00am

Recent reports about milk safety have forced mainlanders to think twice before buying dairy products.

But students at Guangdong's University of Business Studies are not too worried.

Supermarkets are trying to unload potentially problematic milk products with huge discounts. A case of 48 bottles of milk can cost as little as 40.50 yuan (HK$46) with a buy-one-get-one-free offer, or less than 1 yuan per bottle.

These special offers have caught the eyes of students, who have been buying multiple cases of milk.

Students say they can't resist the low prices and don't believe they are at risk from the consequences of drinking contaminated milk.

'I heard that only infants, who can't digest very well and who have been drinking the milk for a long time, will get kidney stones. It won't affect adults that much,' said one student.

'I'm not worried about it. I don't think I'll be that unlucky,' said another.

Others believe any products that failed to pass safety tests will have already been taken off the shelves, meaning the milk they are buying is safe to drink.

Staff at the supermarkets said most of the milk-buying customers are students. Hundreds of cases of milk were sold in three days following the introduction of the special offer.

Students seem to be ignoring all health concerns, and stocking up on the bargain dairy products.

There have even been reports of students reselling milk to their schoolmates when the supermarkets run out.