Ex-Fonterra boss forced to apologise after saying 'don't trust the Chinese'

Sanlu milk products were at the centre of the melamine milk scandal in 2008. Fonterra owned more than 40 per cent of Sanlu at the time. Photo: Reuters

The former chairman of New Zealand’s biggest dairy exporter has apologised for his remarks that the Chinese should not be trusted when doing business.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

China to make food and drug safety a top priority

Officers inspect milk powder in a shop in Tongzi, Guizhou. Photo: AFP

The mainland's frightening list of food scandals that have killed and sickened untold numbers are the consequence of authorities' failure to take a responsible stand on safety and regulation. The State Council's decision to create a single agency to deal with food and drug regulation finally moves in the right direction.

16 Mar 2013 - 2:40am

Gluttony for profit to blame for food scandals

Ikea pulls meatballs from 14 European countries after horsemeat was found in the product by Czech authorities. Photo: AFP

Up until two weeks ago, if you asked a viewer of the BBC or CNN to name the first country that comes to mind when they thought about food scandals, "China" would have very likely been the response.

2 Mar 2013 - 3:30am 1 comment

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.

15 Feb 2013 - 12:37am

Briefs, January 23, 2013

A Foreign Ministry spokesman yesterday called on Norway to take concrete steps towards improving bilateral ties, putting the onus on Oslo to mend relations, Xinhua reported. 

23 Jan 2013 - 4:53am

Organic expo ready for record turnout

Organisers of one of Asia's largest trade shows dedicated to natural and organic products are bracing themselves for a big influx of mainland buyers following a boom in organic product sales after recent food scares.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:30pm

More details of milk scam cash finally released

The association that set up a compensation fund for victims of the melamine-tainted milk scandal four years ago has released more details, as parents continue to call for more transparency in the distribution of money.

The China Dairy Industry Association, along with medical-reimbursement fund operator China Life Insurance, released the extra information on Monday.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am


Glazed and confused

29 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Disgraced dairy scandal officials given top jobs

Activists and parents reacted with anger and concern after reports that several senior officials found negligent in the melamine milk scandal had taken up important new posts even though many victims had yet to fully recover.

21 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

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

Market calls

China Mengniu Dairy (2319), China's biggest milk seller, dropped 24 per cent on Wednesday after the company revealed that its milk contained flavacin M1, a toxin known to cause severe liver damage, even cancer. The news pressed the hot-button issue of food safety on the mainland for a sensitive consumable: milk.

2 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Yashili warns of 40pc milk profit drop

Yashili International Holdings, the mainland's third largest baby milk formula firm by sales, said yesterday it expected profits to drop by 30 to 40 per cent year on year for the first half.

The company said in a statement that it expected a profit decrease mainly because of rising raw material costs, advertising expenses and the rising tax rates.

25 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Milk activist is taken away after protest at office

Milk activist Zhao Lianhai was taken away by mainland authorities yesterday after trying to enter the headquarters of a dairy industry association in Beijing to ask about a compensation fund set up for the 300,000 victims of melamine-tainted milk powder in 2008.

27 May 2011 - 12:00am

Fears resurface as more tainted milk is seized

The mainland dairy industry suffered another blow after authorities seized 26 tonnes of melamine-contaminated milk powder, while the latest poisoning scare sent shares of a company plunging yesterday.

The seizure from the Jixida Food Company and a transport company in Chongqing is the largest haul so far this year.

27 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Milk activist told 'be quiet or go back to jail'

Melamine-tainted-milk activist Zhao Lianhai , who was taken away by police on Wednesday night for questioning, said yesterday they threatened to throw him back in jail if he continued to speak out about the treatment of dissidents.

8 Apr 2011 - 12:00am