Beijing (China) -
Seven persons in north China have been arrested on suspicion of producing powdered milk tainted with the
same industrial chemical that killed at least six babies in 2008. An official at the Jinfulai dairy company in Shanxi province was
among those arrested for allegedly putting excessive amounts of melamine in the
milk powder. Melamine, normally used in
plastics and other products, was added to milk to make it appear to have a
higher protein content.
The 26 tonnes of tainted product were
also found to have been made with unsold milk powder past its sell-by date, and
then distributed in several provinces.
A dairy industry scandal in China last year
killed at least six babies and caused 300,000 more to be ill from its contaminated
milk products. It also led to a
worldwide recall of diary products from China.