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China issues blanket recall on dairy; Hong Kong toddler sick

October 14, 2008

(AP) China’s store shelves are being cleared of all milk and milk powder more than a month old, a huge recall that marks the latest government effort to restore consumer confidence after four babies died from drinking milk tainted with an industrial chemical.

A Chinese lab technician collects milk products suspected of ... 
A Chinese lab technician collects milk products suspected of being tainted for testing at a laboratory in Wuhan, central China in late September. China’s largest soft drinks maker, Wahaha, has said it is interested in buying the dairy company.(AFP/File)

In Hong Kong, authorities announced that another child has developed kidney stones after consuming contaminated products, bringing to eight the number of children in the territory sickened by Chinese dairy products.

All of mainland China’s milk powder and liquid milk produced before Sept. 14 was ordered pulled off the shelves to be tested by manufacturers, the official Xinhua news agency said.

“Regardless of the brand or the batch, they must be taken off shelves, their sale must be stopped,” Xinhua said, citing a notice issued by six government ministries and administrations.

It was the first time the government has issued a blanket recall of products since the tainted milk scandal began.

Yi Yongsheng holds his daughter Yi Xuan, right, as he speaks ...
Yi Yongsheng holds his daughter Yi Xuan, right, as he speaks about the death of his infant son, at their Xinxing home in China’s northern Gansu province, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008. The death of Yi’s son from kidney failure was one of four China’s government has reported so far in a tainted milk scandal. Thousands of children were sickened after eating milk powder laced with the industrial chemical melamine.(AP Photo/Greg Baker)

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China Re-Issues Milk Product Recall In Effort To Say All Poison Food is Gone

October 14, 2008

BEIJING — The Chinese government ordered a recall on Tuesday of all milk products produced before Sept. 14 still on the shelves so the products can be tested for the toxic

chemical melamine.
File photo shows a woman feeding a baby on the outskirts of ... 
A woman feeds a baby on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar. Authorities said Tuesday they had removed seven imported dairy products from store shelves — one of them from China — after they were found to contain traces of melamine.(AFP/File/Khin Maung Win)
Melamine, a substance illicitly added to watered-down milk to artificially boost its protein count, has led to the deaths of at least three babies; at least 53,000 other children have fallen ill. Those statistics are weeks old, though, and the government has yet to release updated numbers, which are believed to be much higher.
The government announced limits for allowable traces of melamine last week. If the recalled products meet the new standards, they will be put back on the market, the government said. Dairy products thought to have a real risk of melamine contamination were already recalled weeks ago, right after the milk crisis first emerged. The recall announced Tuesday was an effort by the government to show the public that it was enforcing its new trace melamine limits.

Meanwhile, a lawyer based in Shanghai has filed a lawsuit in Gansu Province on behalf of a family whose 6-month-old son, Yi Kaixuan, died in May after drinking tainted baby formula. A handful of lawsuits have been filed on behalf of parents whose children have died or fallen ill from drinking tainted dairy products, but so far no court has accepted a case.

Separately, the Ministry of Health and the State Food and Drug Administration also announced Thursday that the brand of herbal drug suspected of killing three people recently was “tainted with bacteria,” Xinhua, the state news agency, reported. The drug, Siberian ginseng or ciwujia, was made by Wandashan Pharmaceutical, based in northeastern China.



China Still Offers Unproven Medical Treatments

January 5, 2008

BEIJING – They’re paralyzed from diving accidents and car crashes, disabled by Parkinson’s, or blind. With few options available at home in America, they search the Internet for experimental treatments — and often land on Web sites promoting stem cell treatments in China.

They mortgage their houses and their hometowns hold fundraisers as they scrape together the tens of thousands of dollars needed for travel and the hope for a miracle cure.

A number of these medical tourists claim some success when they return home:

Jim Savage, a Houston man with paralysis from a spinal cord injury, says he can move his right arm. Penny Thomas of Hawaii says her Parkinson’s….

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