Four arrested in China over melamine-tainted milk products

03 February 2010 13:10  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Chinese police have arrested four people in connection with melamine-tainted milk products, according to reports on Wednesday.

In 2008, melamine-tainted milk killed six infants in China while close to 300,000 babies suffered kidney diseases as a result.

Those arrested were involved in the dairy industry at Weinan, Shaanxi province, and would face charges of "manufacturing and selling food that does not meet hygiene standards", state-run Xinhua news agency said.

In December last year, Chinese authorities confiscated five tonnes of melamine-tainted milk powder and detained three suspects.

Nitrogen-rich melamine, which is normally used in the production of plastics, fertilizers and in industrial adhesives, is added to sub-standard food such as watered-down milk to boost its nitrogen content and enhance its protein levels.

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