Dallas, Texas (WiredPRNews.com) – Li Changjiang Minister of China’s product-quality administration, resigned on Monday with the approval from China’s State Council over the recent melamine laced milk scandal. Traces of melamine found in infant milk formula caused the death of four children. About 53,000 other children have been reported ill from the tainted milk. Although the chemical was found in baby milk powder at first, after sampling it is now evident in other dairy products including liquid milk and yogurt. The milk scandal has raised doubt over the country’s safety and quality of foods.
Experts say the ingestion of melamine can cause kidney stones, kidney failure, irritation of the eyes and skin and urinary tract ulcers. The ministry said that about 13,000 children were hospitalized with kidney problems. The melamine laced milk powder has been recalled by the thousands.
Melamine which is usually used in wood adhesives, laminates, and flame retardants was added to the milk to get more yields for the Yuan. The milk was diluted and tainted with the chemical to fool quality checks that measure the protein content of milk. The two brothers responsible for selling the tainted milk were arrested last week and may face death in the event of a conviction.
China’s poor quality of manufacturing food should sound familiar to many Americans. Just last year pet foods made in China were also contaminated with melamine. The toxic pet food caused the deaths of thousands of U.S. cats and dogs.
The milk scandal has emphasized China’s many weaknesses in its food supply chain. In an attempt to prevent the dispersion of the contamination from the mainland, Taiwan has declared that it is prohibiting the importation of all dairy products from China. Now that China’s heavily flawed food supply chain has been revealed, the country can begin to advance towards a reformation.
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