Tainted dairy industry needs a total overhaul

The measures introduced by mainland authorities in response to the widening scandal over adulterated milk have, so far, focused on curbing the risk to health, punishing those responsible and helping the victims.

Sunday, 21 September, 2008, 12:00am

An industry milked dry

Ask a former owner of a small dairy company about the quality of the product and his answer is blunt: 'I never drink milk.'

'I don't know what milk to drink,' said his friend who provides technical support to dairy farmers.

21 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Dirty secrets of milk-faking capital

Safety loopholes rife from farm to factory, insiders in dairy hub Inner Mongolia say

Days after the first revelations about babies being poisoned from industrial chemical melamine being added to milk on the mainland, its two biggest producers were still buying substandard milk from suppliers.

20 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Shanghai dairy giant apologises

Shanghai dairy giant Guangming has apologised for the melamine contamination of its products and offered compensation to those who have fallen ill.

In a statement carried by Shanghai media yesterday, the company vowed to take several steps to manage the crisis and said compensation would be paid according to government standards, but gave no further details.

20 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Exported milk less likely to be tainted, says mainland firm

Are Chinese lives cheaper than foreigners', asks one netizen

Mengniu, the country's biggest dairy company embroiled in a widening milk contamination scandal, said yesterday any of its products could be returned. But its admission that export goods were less likely to be tainted will stir fresh outcry from mainland consumers over discrimination.

20 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Mengniu Dairy aims to improve supply chain

China Mengniu Dairy, embroiled in a scandal over tainted milk, said it would focus on developing a 'win-win scenario' with raw milk suppliers after reporting 20.15 per cent growth in first-half net profit.

20 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

No health risk for adults, CCTV reports

A 60kg adult who drinks less than 2 litres of contaminated milk a day will not suffer any health risk, state television reported last night, citing health authorities from the mainland and overseas.

However it did not say if it would make a difference over a long period.

19 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Adding chemicals to milk common: insiders

Melamine is just one of the many chemicals that agents add to raw milk to pass quality tests, industry insiders say.

The most common additives to raw milk were preservatives and hydrogen peroxide because milk collectors wanted to keep it from turning bad during delivery, they said.

19 Sep 2008 - 12:00am


Question 1 Milk in bags

Listen to this news item about UK supermarkets on an internet radio station and then answer the questions.

1 Why is Sainsbury's starting to sell milk in bags?

a) Because plastic bottles are expensive to manufacture

b) Because plastic bottles are bad for the environment

19 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Mainlanders strain powder supply in HK

Supplies of imported milk powder are running short in parts of Hong Kong as mainlanders flock in to stock up.

In Sheung Shui, the town nearest to the border, shoppers were seen carrying dozens of cans of powder.

18 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

No sign of imported powder in shops

Hong Kong imports milk powder from the mainland, according to government statistics, but the food trade says there is no sign of it being sold on the local market.

18 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Ample opportunities for public to sue for damages: lawyers

A sudden expansion in the number of melamine-tainted milk powder brands should not pose legal complications for the mainland's worried consumers, but the road to compensation is still far from smooth, lawyers said yesterday.

18 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Restoring confidence in food safety the first task

The scale and severity of the tainted-milk-formula scandal on the mainland is increasing at an alarming rate. The number of babies reported sick has leapt fivefold, to more than 6,000. Three children have lost their lives and there are fears that other milk products are affected. The number of victims is expected to rise dramatically.

18 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Barriers to exposing scandals must be lifted

The health of an entire generation of young children on the mainland is now under threat from melamine-tainted infant milk powder. Nationwide tests have produced shocking results: 69 batches of baby formula produced by 22 companies have been found to contain the dangerous industrial compound. Together, these companies dominate the mainland market in infant milk powder.

17 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Hundreds line up to return milk powder

Hundreds of residents lined up inside Sanlu Group's compound in Shijiazhuang , Hebei , yesterday to return packages of the baby formula at the centre of a tainted-milk-powder scandal.

15 Sep 2008 - 12:00am