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Sanlu Group

Sanlu Group was a state-owned Chinese dairy products company in which New Zealand-based dairy cooperative Fonterra held a 43 per cent stake. In 2008, Sanlu was hit by a scandal over milk powder adulteration with melamine, affecting thousands of Chinese babies, with six dying. It was declared bankrupt in 2008 and several managers were sent to prison.

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.

Saturday, 21 January, 2012, 12:00am

Tainted milk official back in the party's good books

A senior Hebei official dismissed over the melamine-tainted baby formula scandal in 2008 has returned - appearing at an important Communist Party meeting in the province, state media reports.

24 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Lai See

When strange tales of copper to cash merge into investing in property

We hear of a curious tale involving copper and China's property market. Rich Chinese looking to invest in domestic property run up against banks which are under government orders to cut lending for property speculation.

18 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

HK a bastion of unhappiness? That's rich

If happiness is a measure of economic success, as China's 12th five-year plan affirms, we could be in trouble.

7 May 2011 - 12:00am

Tribunal rejects melamine milk appeal

The parents of four mainland babies made ill by melamine-tainted milk powder were denied leave to appeal against a ruling that they may not claim compensation from Fonterra Brands (China), a Hong Kong-incorporated company with a 43 per cent stake in Sanlu Dairy Group, the company at the centre of the scandal.

7 Aug 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

Food safety standards improved after a crisis that tarnished the nation's image

Could another health crisis like the melamine contamination case happen again? How was it allowed to happen in the first place?

6 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Law gives official food for thought

Administrative enforcement is a better way to resolve food safety problems than litigation, a senior Health Ministry official said yesterday as a highly anticipated food safety law came into effect.

2 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Dairy assets sold for 616m yuan

The core assets of the disgraced state-owned dairy giant Sanlu Group were bought by Beijing-based Sanyuan Foods yesterday for 616.5 million yuan (HK$700 million) in a five-minute auction held in a courthouse in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province.

5 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Top court official's vow gives hope to families of milk scandal victims

A senior Supreme People's Court official's promise that mainland courts were ready to accept civil claims over the melamine milk scandal offered a ray of hope for victims' families, lawyers said yesterday.

4 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Taiwanese companies seek compensation from mainland dairies

Twelve Taiwanese companies will seek NT$700 million (HK$162 million) from two mainland dairies involved in the tainted milk scandal.

24 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

A free press is the best route to credibility

State-run broadcasting giant CCTV has hit the headlines with a string of reports that, taken together, reveal some of the contradictions of today's changing media scene. According to the Chinese-language Ming Pao Daily News, a group of 22 mainland academics and lawyers launched a campaign last week under the slogan 'Boycott CCTV, say no to brainwashing'.

21 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Beijing bans 17 food additives

The central government yesterday blacklisted 17 food additives and named 10 kinds of food that could contain excessive additives.

The lists, issued by the Ministry of Health, the Public Security Bureau and seven other ministries under the direction of the central government, were part of a four-month nationwide food-safety campaign to restore consumer confidence.

16 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Long wait for victims of tainted milk

The mainland's announcement of a more-than-fivefold jump in the number of babies made ill by melamine-tainted milk powder was yet another sad reminder to parents whose children were affected and who have tried in vain to sue for compensation.

5 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Sanlu court action put on hold

Judge refuses to accept lawsuit until guidelines are issued from top

A court in Lanzhou , Gansu province , has said it cannot accept a lawsuit over the Sanlu infant formula scandal until it knows whether authorities have issued guidelines on how to deal with the sensitive topic.

The issue has prompted concern about judicial independence.

16 Oct 2008 - 12:00am