By Annie Huag
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Tests in Taiwan have found small amounts of the industrial chemical melamine in milk powders produced in China by the European food giant Nestle, and those products are being withdrawn, Taiwan's health minister said Thursday.
The announcement came a day after a dairy at the heart of
the tainted milk scandal in
Taiwan Health Minister Yeh Ching-chuan said milk powders that Nestle produced in Heilongjiang Province in northeastern China were found to contain between 0.3 and 0.85 parts per million of melamine.
"Such minor doses of melamine will not affect people's health ... but we will take them off shelves according to our recommended procedures," he said.
Liang Chia-jui, a Nestle spokesman
"We need to have a rational discussion on the matter because it also affects other countries," he said.
Melamine-contaminated milk has killed four babies and
sickened more than 50,000 children in mainland
Liang said melamine was never added to any Nestle milk
products as an additive, pointing out that food experts
maintain that traces of the chemical are widely found in the food chain. He
insisted the milk powders produced in
Taiwanese authorities have launched a sweeping inspection of milk powders and related products, including instant coffee, milk tea and baked goods. More than 160 products containing Chinese milk and vegetable-based proteins have been removed from stores.
The Chinese milk scare and the economic losses have led to renewed
Taiwanese animosity toward rival
A team of Taiwanese food experts met with their Chinese
The lawsuit filed in
Although product liability lawsuits have become more common
in recent years, attorney Ji Cheng said he would not
know until next week if the court in
"The court will make the decision whether to accept this case after the National Day holiday," he said.
According to the lawsuit, the boy was fed baby formula made by Sanlu Group Co. from the time of his birth, said the report by Caijing, a leading Chinese business magazine.
The child's parents, who come from central China's Henan province, filed a lawsuit in a court in Zhenping county seeking $22,000 in compensation from Sanlu for medical, travel and other expenses incurred after the child developed kidney stones, the magazine said.
The Zhenping court has yet to accept the case.
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