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Shame on Chinese Govt

Posted by feww on January 2, 2009

Why are the Chinese treated almost like non-humans by most of the rest of the world?

Because their govt behaves as if they are agents of the old colonial powers.

With at least 6 dead babies [the actual toll could be many times higher] and 300,000 others sickened as a result of consuming Sanlu-Fonterra tainted milk, the Chinese government had the reason and opportunity to go after the two companies owners, ensuring that their executives spend the rest of their worthless lives behind bars.


Former Sanlu dairy boss,  Tien Wenhua, whose company’s second round of tainted milk was responsible for the deaths of at least six babies and illnesses of more than 300,000 others pleaded guilty to the charges brought against her, which could lead to the death penalty. Photo: Source. Image may be subject to copyright.

The authorities arrested Tien Wenhua the former head of Chinese-New Zealand joint venture company Sanlu, who recently pleaded guilty to various charges relating to the contaminated milk sales. Yet the other board directors who were slated by New Zealand’s Fronterra, the 43 percent partner in Sanlu-Fonterra joint venture company,  got away scot-free, as if the Chinese authorities were ordered by the old colonial powers to keep their hands off Fonterra directors.

Fonterra’s dishonest chief executive, Andrew Ferrier, even had the audacity to spread disinformation about Tien Wenhua’s guilty plea, saying that “[Tien] had absolutely and unequivocally pleaded not guilty to the charges she faced.”

Facts

The fact is that tainted milk powder was first banned in 2004. Following the “Big Head Baby” incident, the chinese media reported in Fuyang City, Anhui Province, that Sanlu’s powdered milk had been blacklisted as inferior. But the baby formula was soon back on the shelves with authorities’ blessings.

A December 7, 2004 reprint of state-run Xinhua news by China Pharmaceutical News headline below reads: ‘Sanlu Powdered Milk: Turn Crisis into an Advantage’ provided a clue that the group and everyone else in the industry was aware the powdered milk had been tainted.

Turn Crisis into Turning Point ((Screenshot))

The reprint of communist regime’s mouthpiece Xinhua News by China Pharmaceutical News on December 7, 2004, ‘Sanlu Powdered Milk: Turn Crisis into Turning Point’ (Screenshot). Source: Epoch Times

Ther’s absolutely no possibility whatever that Fonterra executives, especially their CEO, Andrew Ferrier, didn’t know about Sanlu’s first round of tainted milk scandal when it occurred in 2004.

It’s a great injustice and a big shame that he does not share the same fate as his former business partner and solemate Tien Wenhua.

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Taiwan Cares about Citizens, China Doesn’t!

Posted by feww on September 30, 2008

Taiwan demands apology, compensation from China over tainted milk

Taipei – Taiwan Premier Liu Chao-hsuan told parliament on Tuesday that he demanded an apology and compensation as appropriate from China over tainted milk import.

“Hereby, I make a formal request to demand China apologize to Taiwan … Departments concerned will have calculate the damages caused within a week. Once the damages are confirmed, we will help seek compensation from China,” he said.


A 6x8mm Kidney Stone. Credit: Robert R. Wal

Five Taiwanese children have reportedly developed kidney stones after drinking tainted Chinese milk powder, and the food industry has incurred substantial losses due to product recalls.

A Taiwanese delegation that visited China last weekend to probe the tainted milk scandal, expressed concerns about the safety of imported food from China.

Beijing and Taipei subsequently agreed to cooperate closely on food safety issues. (Source)

Will China Prosecute Sanlu-Fonterra Directors and Executives for Corporate Manslaughter?

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Global Food Alert: Deadly Baby Milk From China, New Zealand

Posted by feww on September 13, 2008

Update Sept 22-08: Sanlu Was First Banned in 2004, then Reinstated

Contaminated milk powder co-produced by New Zealand’s Fonterra severely affects 432 1,253 babies, killing one two

Original entry posted on September 15, 2008 09:06UTC

Breaking News & Latest Analysis: Chinese, New Zealand contaminated milk powder kills two

New Zealand dairy co. Fonterra, part-owner of Sanlu, ordered a belated recall of about 700 tonnes of milk powder contaminated with melamine

11:36 GMT, Saturday, 13 September 2008 12:36 UK – COPYRIGHT BBC

Chinese baby milk scare ‘severe’

Babies suffering kidney stones possibly related to defective baby formula in hospital in Lanzhou, Gansu province, on 9 September

Babies have been suffering kidney stones – rare in young children

The number of Chinese babies known to have fallen ill with kidney stones as a result of contaminated milk powder has risen to 432, officials have announced.

“This is a severe food safety accident,” health ministry official Gao Qiang, said. Those responsible would be “severely” punished, he added.

Later, it was announced that 19 people had been arrested.

Tests showed the milk powder contained the industrial chemical melamine. One infant has died.

The new scare revived memories of a fake baby milk formula scandal four years ago in which at least 13 babies died.

Vow to punish

“As of 12 September, there are 432 cases of kidney stones in the urinary systems of infants according to reports from health departments nationwide,” Gao Qiang said.

“None of the milk powder was exported to other countries or regions,” Mr Gao said.

“Only a fraction of the milk powder was sold to Taiwan for food processing,” he added.

Gao Qiang said the Sanlu Group had been ordered to halt production after its products were found to be responsible.

“We will severely punish and discipline those people and workers who have acted illegally,” Mr Gao said.

Melamine is a toxic chemical used in plastics, fertilisers and cleaning products.

A Chinese woman checks out the Sanlu brand milk powder on sale at a supermarket in Shenyang, north-east China's Liaoning province.

Sanlu ordered a recall of 700 tonnes of contaminated milk on Thursday

New Zealand-based dairy product company Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd, a part-owner of Sanlu, ordered a recall of about 700 tonnes of powder contaminated with melamine believed to be in circulation.

[Note: Fonterra reportedly owns 43% of Sanlu.]

Melamine has been used by Chinese suppliers of animal feed components to make them appear to have more protein.

It was linked to the formation of kidney stones and kidney failure in pets in the United States last year, leading to thousands of deaths and illnesses.

A fake milk powder scandal in 2004 killed at least 13 babies in the eastern province of Anhui.

Investigators found that the milk given to these babies had no nutritional value, and the resulting scandal triggered widespread investigations into food safety. [Image credit: AP and AFP – Images may be subject to copyright.]

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