China melamine scandal claimed 6 lives - ministry

02 December 2008 05:17  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS news)--Melamine-laced milk powder claimed the lives of six infants while 294,000 babies were found to have suffered from kidney-related diseases, based on data about the September food scandal from China’s Ministry of Health released late on Monday.  


In one of the country’s worst food safety incidents, the ministry reported that 51,900 children had been hospitalised, of which 51,039 had recovered.


Nitrogen-rich melamine, which is normally used in the production of plastics, fertilizers and in industrial adhesives, was added during the milk-powder production process to make watered down milk appear rich in protein.


The tainted milk powder had also affected food exports from China, resulting in the recall of numerous food products such as biscuits and dairy products around Asia.


The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) earlier on its website announced measures to manage the supply chain from producers to distributors.


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