Six Held in New Tainted Milk Cases in China
August 23, 2010
The Associated Foreign Press reports, authorities in China have arrested six people and detained 41 others for allegedly distributing milk powder tainted with the same chemical, which killed infants in a 2008 scandal, state media said Saturday. Three of the six were employees of a factory in the northwestern province of Qinghai, which last month was found to have shipped milk powder contaminated with melamine to neighboring Gansu province, the Xinhua news agency reported. The three others arrested were suspected of involvement in hiding tainted milk products that should have been destroyed in 2008 and then selling them to the Qinghai plant, the agency said, citing food safety authorities. Police were still investigating the cases of the 41 others in detention, Xinhua said. China''s government has repeatedly said all tainted products were seized and destroyed after the scandal and that there was no further public health threat, but reports of contaminated products continue to trickle out.