In the News: Chinese Officials Act on Tainted Baby Formula

More infants may be affected by the contaminated milk powder that has already been linked to the deaths of three infants and to health problems in more than 6,200 others, China’s Health Ministry warned. The company at the heart of the widening scandal, Sanlu Group, apologized Monday for the tainted milk powder, which the Health Ministry said had been spiked with the industrial chemical melamine. Police have arrested four brothers in connection with the tainted milk. The scandal follows a series of product-safety scandals last year involving unsafe food, toys, tires, toothpaste and other Chinese exports. Melamine is the same chemical that contaminated pet-food exports, causing the deaths of scores of animals in the United States.

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