Chinese Milk Scandal

The Chinese milk scandal: Why did some children die and some live?

A toddler in drinks a milk drink on a Beijing street, January 13, 2009, just months after a tainted milk scandal rocked the country. Photo: EPA

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

Tainted milk whistle-blower dies after beating

Officials check supermarket dairy products in Shandong. Photo: AP

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

City Scope: a parallel universe

Border conflict: a Hongkonger broadcasts an anti-smuggling message online.

What links milk powder, Apple gadgets, lobsters and Louis Vuitton bags? Border smuggling, of course.

3 Nov 2012 - 11:29pm

Industry 'hijacked dairy standards'

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

Quality of raw milk 'among the worst'

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

Tainted-milk activist tells of jail threat by police

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

Proposed rule changes aim to make recalls easier

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

Officials get black mark on record for food scandals

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

Traces of melamine found in batch of yogurt

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 poisoned babies continue to fight in Hong Kong

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

Public kept in dark

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.


11 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

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

White Rabbit back

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

Free care denied babies despite decree

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

Baby health scare a test for new super ministry

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