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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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 environment19 Sep 2008 - 12:00am
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
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
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
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
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 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