And, of course, Melamine redux – this time with babies

From here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/17/world/asia/17milk.html?th&emc=th
and here: http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/1316907/2085421

Some of you may recall the pet food fiasco in which melamine added to petfood caused thousands of deaths of animals, and was eventually tracked down to adulteration of ingredients in China.
Specially it was traced to the addition of plastic – melamine, like your grandmother's unbreakable dishes – which confused the analysis of protein by adding more nitrogen, and causing it to read higher.

Well, here it is again, in infant formula.
They've got infants with acute kidney failure.
Baby formula made with contaminated powered milk.
The contamination has mainly been found in China, but the companies involved have shipped products to other countries.
It's turned up in youghert in Hong Kong, for example.

Wasn't I just saying something about responsibility?
Why has regulation turned into a four-letter word?

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8 responses to this post.

  1. Can you believe this? I was dumbfounded when I read about this in the NYT.

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  2. Dumbfounded, that was the word I was looking for…..And there is some discussion of the possibility that dealing with this was delayed (they had reports more than a month ago0…..so the Olympic Dog and Pony Show could leave town on a high note…

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  3. And the state council assures the Chinese people that powdered milk is "mostly safe" because only 22 dairy producers (so far) are involved.

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  4. The Chinese have considerable distance to go in terms of product standards and securing its competitive edges in the world. They'll do it. Just not tomorrow.

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  5. yes, but the multinationals buying stuff from them need to demand – and pay – for better than this

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  6. *sigh* Why hasn't the US learned not to trust every single thing that's imported from China? (nothing against most Chinese, just the corrupt ones!)

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  7. this is really really sad, and what is scary, we buy lots of food from China. We as a nation need to stop buying stuff from them, they do not care that they are poisoning people.

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  8. It's really a matter of their government not doing things we take for granted.Food inspection, and the like.Ya know, regulations and inspectors.It's not that the Chinese are any worse than anyone else, so much that we have been building food safety laws and a (another bad word) bureaucracy to enforce them for a good eighty years…..except that we've been trying dismantle all that for the last eight years….

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