Chinese Milk Scandal
Scientists have found a bacteria living in the gut that makes melamine more toxic – a finding that could explain why some children in China died and others lived after drinking milk tainted with the chemical in 2008.Friday, 15 February, 2013, 12:37am
A man who earned nationwide fame as a whistle-blower exposing malpractice in the mainland dairy industry is dead from injuries he sustained in a beating earlier this month, leading to speculation that he was killed for his efforts.23 Nov 2012 - 3:13am
What links milk powder, Apple gadgets, lobsters and Louis Vuitton bags? Border smuggling, of course.3 Nov 2012 - 11:29pm
Three years after a melamine-tainted milk scandal destroyed public confidence in the dairy industry, it remains the most fragile part of the mainland food sector, and is widely distrusted.2 Jan 2012 - 12:00am
The president of a major mainland dairy products manufacturer has attacked China's raw milk standards, saying they are among the lowest in the world.6 Jul 2011 - 12:00am
Activist Zhao Lianhai was released by police early yesterday morning after 12 hours during which he was questioned and threatened with jail if he continued to speak out for infants made ill by melamine-tainted milk powder.28 May 2011 - 12:00am
Beijing is trying to make it easier to pull unsafe food products from the shelves with tough changes to the country's recall regulations.
A draft put out for public consultation on Monday by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine tries to plug loopholes in regulations from 2007.25 May 2011 - 12:00am
Food safety authorities appear to be taking a more aggressive approach to combating the rising number of problems involving tainted food nationwide, as the issue is reportedly being factored into assessments of local officials' performance.16 May 2011 - 12:00am
The safety of mainland dairy products is again in question as more melamine-laced products have emerged.
The Commerce Bureau of Xiangfan, Hubei has found traces of melamine in samples of 50 bottles of corn-flavoured yogurt, according to a report by China National Radio.22 Nov 2010 - 12:00am
Parents of four babies affected by tainted dairy products, left with no means to claim compensation on the mainland since the manufacturer at the centre of scandal went bankrupt last year, have taken their claim to a Hong Kong tribunal.14 Jul 2010 - 12:00am
Mainland authorities kept a deadly secret for nearly a year. A company making poisoned milk products was only shut down two weeks ago. The officials knew about the problem at the Shanghai Panda Dairy as early as last February. They did not tell the public.
Background11 Jan 2010 - 12:00am
The report 'Number of melamine-sickened children revised up five-fold' on page A9 on Tuesday should have said officials had confirmed that six deaths, not three, had been linked to tainted milk powder.5 Dec 2008 - 12:00am
The maker of White Rabbit confectionery has resumed production using milk certified as being untainted with melamine, but a domestic sales ban remains in effect pending further tests, the company said yesterday.8 Oct 2008 - 12:00am
Mainland hospitals have yet to implement a State Council order to provide free treatment to the babies who fell ill after drinking contaminated infant formula produced by Sanlu, a group of mainland lawyers offering free advice to victims said yesterday.16 Sep 2008 - 12:00am
While the loss of life in the mine dam burst in Shanxi province is still being counted, mainland authorities have another worrying problem to contend with. A health alert linking highly unusual kidney stones in babies to a milk powder has spread from Gansu in the northwest to at least six more provinces.12 Sep 2008 - 12:00am