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“My little China girl” — still in hospital with melamine poisoning, one of 1,272

Breakfast in Shanghai? 1,272 infants still in Chinese hospital for melamine poisoning. Do you know where your milk comes from? Wall Street Journal photo

Breakfast in Shanghai -- Chinese milk and American cereal? 1,272 infants are still in Chinese hospital for melamine poisoning. Do you know where your milk comes from? Wall Street Journal photo

Fun as it was, the story (below) about Apocalyse Chow is admittedly more than a month old. Here’s a more recent update (Thursday Nov. 13) on the China melamine milk scene. This is from NewsInferno.com and is titled “Nearly 1300 infants still hospitalized from melamine tainted milk”. This report summarizes some of what we’ve heard before from other sources. I see from the “search terms” listings that people are still looking for information on Chinese melamine milk contamination.  So here’s the latest, or at least an excerpt from the latest: Continue reading

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Apocalypse Chow — Chinese milk solids still out there lurking in many products

Chinese milk solids are a hidden ingredient in everything from edible sex toys to white rabbit candy

Chinese milk solids are a hidden ingredient in everything from edible sex toys to white rabbit candy. Photos via Haphazard Gourmet Girls blog.

Further to our last post on this topic, it seems the Haphazard Gourmet girls are out walking the streets of L.A., doing their bit to track down and bring to justice renegade food products of Chinese origin that are lying in wait for unsuspecting Americans. And they’ve found some doozies: Continue reading

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Milk tainting is an open secret in China — says Wall Street Journal report

This is the most detailed story we’ve yet seen on the tainted milk situation in the People’s Republic of China. Written by Gordon Fairclough of the Wall Street Journal, it’s well worth reading the original lengthy article and seeing all the great pictures. We’ve included a couple of them in our excerpt here. One wonders how much of this sort of thing goes unreported in other countries:

More than 2300 Chinese babies were hospitalized with kidney damage from melamine additives in milk. Wall Street Journal photo

More than 2300 Chinese babies were hospitalized with kidney damage from melamine additives in milk. Wall Street Journal photo

“ZHANGZHUANG, China — Before melamine-laced milk killed and sickened Chinese babies and led to recalls around the world, the routine spiking of milk with illicit substances was an open secret in China’s dairy regions, according to the accounts of farmers and others with knowledge of the industry. Continue reading

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Melamine now in animal feed in China

This story by Anita Chang via Associated Press is from the Oct 30, 2008 Globe and Mail. Read the whole thing here. Here is an excerpt:

“BEIJING — Animal feed producers in China commonly add the industrial chemical melamine to their products to make them appear higher in protein, state media reported Thursday, an indication that the scope of the country’s latest food safety scandal could extend beyond milk and eggs.

The practice of mixing melamine into animal feed is an “open secret” in the industry, the Nanfang Daily newspaper reported in an article that was republished on the Web sites of the official Xinhua News Agency and the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily.

Publicizing such a problem is rare for the Chinese media and appears to be a tacit admission by China’s central government that melamine contamination is widespread. Continue reading

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Chinese melamine-tainted milk solids still being sold in products in the U.S.! Now what about in Canada?

Halloween may just be scarier than usual this year — and not in a good way. Tobey (in the post below) is wise to wonder about the milk solids in his candy and where they’ve come from, especially judging by this report from Brasscheck. The report is about the U.S. but I wonder how different things are in Canada. Does anyone know?

In China, ANYTHING made with Chinese-manufactured milk powder before September 14th was PULLED from their store shelves.

In the US, this garbage is still being sold! Continue reading

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Government warnings about melamine contamination of powdered milk boost demand for raw milk in Bangladesh

Here’s a raw milk story from the other side of the globe. The same story was carried last Saturday on both the “Banglash News Network” and the “Asianews.com” websites. The story talks of “high demand for raw milk”, but one wonders whether in Bangladesh they have only raw milk, or whether pasteurized milk is commonly available there as well. If anyone out there knows, please comment.

This story is by Shaheen Mollah and Najmul Alam Nobin. It’s titled: “Sale of powder milk down, price of raw milk up“, and is subtitled “mothers worried”. This is from the “Bangladesh News Network” edition:

Holy cow! Raw Milk "big" in Bangladesh.

Holy cow! Raw Milk "big" in Bangladesh. Photo: Star

Original photo caption: High demand for raw milk after the government advised people to refrain from consuming eight brands of powdered milk hiked its price in the city. The photo of sellers bringing in liquid milk to a market was taken at Nawabpur yesterday.

Main Story: The sale of all brands of powdered milk dropped significantly in the city during the last two days as the government advised people Thursday not to consume eight brands of imported powdered milk. A child and nutrition specialist advised mothers to feed their babies breast milk or cow’s milk, if the situation required. During the last two days the price of raw milk increased due to high demand. Market sources said the demand for cow’s milk has started increasing from the day melamine in powdered milk was first detected in China….”


Read the whole story here on the Bangladesh News Network.

Here’s the Asianews.com version

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