by Guy Montague-Jones, 21-Sep-2010
According to media reports, seven people have been arrested in connection with the discovery of 26 tonnes of tainted powder at the Jinfulia Dairy Company, based in Yangquan city, Shanxi province. Among the arrested was the general manager at the plant. The use of melamine in milk in 2008 killed six babies and made 300,000 ill. Melamine is used to make plastics, fertilisers and concrete.
When added to food products it indicates a higher apparent protein content but can cause kidney stones and kidney failure.
In 2008, melamine was found in the products of 22 Chinese dairy companies - one out of every five suppliers in China.
More than 20 people were convicted for their roles in the scandal, and two people were executed. The incident led to a worldwide recall of Chinese dairy products.
Despite a crackdown on melamine-laced milk products, some batches of tainted supplies have been found on sale since 2008.
Executives at another Chinese dairy company have been arrested for allegedly producing milk powder tainted with the industrial contaminant melamine.
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