Why can't China guarantee safe milk for its babies?
"From the outset, in what seemed like some bizarre parallel universe, rather than alert Chinese parents as soon as possible to potentially life-saving information about the melamine
contamination, baby formula producer Sanlu
and various levels of government tried to shut down information. (...) Chinese journalists say the government's Central Propaganda Department
, however, issued orders that Chinese media not send their own reporters to further investigate the story."
Sanlu is 43% owned by New Zealand dairy company Fonterra
. September 16, their chief executive "Andrew Ferrier said he was happy
with the way the NZ dairy giant had acted over the crisis, which has affected more than 1200 babies.
"I can look myself in the mirror and say Fonterra acted absolutely responsibly in this one," he said."
reported September 20 that "Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd. told New Zealand's embassy in Beijing on Aug. 14 that its Chinese partner Sanlu Group Corp. may be using milk contaminated with the industrial chemical melamine, according to the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
New Zealand authorities first notified China's central government that the goods may be tainted on Sept. 9, more than three weeks later, the ministry said in an e-mailed statement today. China announced a probe on Sept. 10, and the next day the Ministry of Health said milk powder made by Sanlu may cause kidney stones in infants.
"There was insufficient information'' for the New Zealand embassy to notify the foreign affairs ministry in Wellington until Aug. 31, the statement said."
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