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 中国での汚染粉ミルクの被害は3人死亡、6,200人が被害をうけた。全国で調査された酪農場会社の約20%がメラミンで汚染された製品を売っていた。蛋白質を高めるためにプラスチック製品に使われた禁止化学薬品を水で薄めた牛乳に追加していたとみられている。中国最大のミルク会社も含まれている。
 6,244人の赤ん坊が病気になり、158人が急性腎不全になり、1,300人以上が入院している。
 今回が乳児用ミルク問題の最近では2回目にあたり、2004年に200人以上が栄養不良となり少なくとも12人以上が死亡した事件があった。
 製造した三鹿Sanlu社は、5ヶ月以上前から市民からの訴えを受けていたが、8月2日まで市当局に報告しなかった。市職員は9月9日まで州に知らせず、その丸1日後に中央政府に連絡した。
蒙牛乳業:中国蒙牛乳業有限公司。China Mengniu Dairy Co. Ltd.
伊利実業:内蒙古伊利実業集団股フェン有限公司。Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co. 内モンゴル自治区・フフホト市に本社を置く中国の乳製品メーカー最大手で、アイスクリーム製品と牛乳の生産・売上は7年連続で全国トップを保持している。世界最大規模となる粉ミルクの加工工場を同区フフホト市に建設。
三鹿グループ:Sanlu Group
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中国製輸入粉ミルクにFDAが警告
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6,200 Babies Sick; 3 Dead From China Tainted Milk
More than 6,200 babies sick from tainted milk formula in China; 3 dead, 1,300 hospitalized
By TINI TRAN Associated Press Writer
BEIJING September 17, 2008 (AP) The Associated Press
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=5819689

画像More than 6,200 babies have been sickened by tainted milk formula and dozens of infants are suffering from acute kidney failure, China's health minister said Wednesday as the death toll rose to three children.

Health Minister Chen Zhu said he expected the numbers of affected babies to increase as "more and more parents take kids to the hospital."

Meanwhile, the head of China's quality control watchdog agency, Li Changjiang, said that 5,000 inspectors will be dispatched nationwide to monitor companies after government testing showed that 20 percent of the companies producing milk powder had dairy products with melamine.

Also Wednesday, the country's two largest dairy companies, Mengniu Dairy Co. and Yili Industrial Group Co., were among the companies forced to recall baby formula. In addition, Guangdong-based Yashili and Qingdao-based Suncare recalled their tainted milk powder, which is exported to five countries in Africa and Asia: Bangladesh, Yemen, Gabon, Burundi and Myanmar.

So far, all the sick infants in China were found to have consumed milk powder produced by the company at the heart of the crisis, Sanlu Group Co., Chen said. Most babies developed urinary problems, including kidney stones, after consuming Sanlu milk powder for three to six months, he said.

Sanlu's general manager Tian Wenhua, who was fired a day earlier, was detained by police Wednesday, the Xinhua news agency said. Four milk suppliers have been arrested.

Suppliers to the dairy companies are believed to have added the banned chemical, normally used in plastics, to watered-down milk to make it appear higher in protein. Inspectors will now start testing for melamine in all dairy products, Li said.

The chemical additive was at the center of a major pet food scandal in the United States in 2007. An estimated 1,500 dogs and cats died after ingesting a pet food ingredient manufactured in China that was laced with melamine.

The emerging crisis has raised questions about the effectiveness of tighter controls China promised after a series of food scares in recent years over contaminated seafood, toothpaste and pet food exports.

It is the second major case in recent years involving baby formula. In 2004, more than 200 Chinese infants suffered malnutrition and at least 12 died after being fed phony formula that contained no nutrients.

In a sign of the government's concern, Premier Wen Jiabao presided over a meeting Wednesday of China's Cabinet to back plans for a national inspection of milk products, according to a notice on the government's Web site.

China's health minister said that 6,244 babies fell ill after being fed tainted milk formula, and that 158 were suffering from acute kidney failure. Chen reported the death of a third baby in eastern Zhejiang province but gave no details. The two earlier deaths had been reported in Gansu province. Currently, 1,327 children, mostly newborns, remain hospitalized.

The political fallout continued Wednesday, with the mayor of Hebei province's capital, Shijiazhuang, being fired, Xinhua reported. Four other city officials from Shijiazhuang, where Sanlu is based, were fired earlier.
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Sanlu company officials as well as government officials share the blame for delays in reporting the contamination, said Hebei Deputy Governor Yang Chongyong, who spoke on the sidelines of the press conference.

Sanlu did not inform the Shijiazhuang city government until Aug. 2, despite receiving public complaints about the milk powder five months earlier, Yang said. Then city officials waited until Sept. 9 to inform provincial officials, who then took a full day before contacting the central government, he said.

The company went public last week with the information after its New Zealand partner, Fonterra, told the New Zealand government, which then informed the Chinese government.

On Wednesday, Fonterra CEO Andrew Ferrier told reporters in New Zealand that Sanlu officials told the local government on Aug. 2 and urged an immediate public recall, but authorities "made their own judgment."

"We were enormously relieved when the Chinese government decided to make it public because we had been urging that from day one. The relief was just massive," he said.

The widening scandal is an embarrassing failure for China's product safety system, which was overhauled to restore consumer confidence and preserve export markets after a string of recalls and warnings abroad last year over tainted toothpaste, faulty tires and other goods.
The uncle of fifteen-month-old Tian Yaowen from Henan province, who is suffering from kidney stones,... Expand
The uncle of fifteen-month-old Tian Yaowen from Henan province, who is suffering from kidney stones, shows a bag of Sanlu infant formula in a hospital in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province Saturday Sept. 13, 2008. China's health minister has blamed the company for a delay in warning the public about tainted milk powder linked to the sickening of 432 babies and at least one death. (AP Photo) Collapse
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It is the second major case in recent years involving baby formula. In 2004, more than 200 Chinese infants suffered malnutrition and at least 12 died after being fed phony formula that contained no nutrients.

Sanlu company officials as well as government officials share the blame for delays in reporting the contamination, said Hebei deputy governor Yang Chongyong, who spoke on the sidelines of the press conference.

Sanlu did not inform the Shijiazhuang municipal government until Aug. 2, after delaying for five months, Yang said. Then city officials waited until Sept. 9 to inform provincial officials, who then took a full day before contacting the central government, he said.

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On the Net:

Sanlu Group: http://www.sanlu.com

Fonterra Co-operative Group: http://www.fonterra.com

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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