By Jiang Jianguo and Theresa Tang
About 31 batches of adult milk powder contained the chemical melamine, the Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said in a Sept. 30 statement. That brings the total number of producers affected to 37.
The contaminated products found in the latest tests on 154
companies' goods have been pulled from shelves, according to
Officials at Beijing Sanyuan couldn't be reached for a comment. Chinese companies and the government are shut for a week-long holiday.
Sanyuan suspended trading on Sept. 26 for an acquisition announcement. The stock jumped 77 percent in the six days before the suspension after it was initially cleared of melamine contamination in products tested by the government.
Nestle SA, the world's largest food company, was ordered by Taiwan authorities to stop selling Chinese-made Neslac infant formula and Klim powdered milk in Taiwan, prompting a rebuttal from the Swiss company which said all of its dairy products made in China are safe.
About 53,000 babies have been made ill by melamine-tainted milk, according to Chinese government officials.
Chinese officials promised foreign diplomats that it would
halt exports of dairy products until the melamine contaminations were
eliminated, Agence France-Presse
reported today, citing an unidentified Japanese official in
An official at
Melamine, a chemical used in lamination and plastics, was added to diluted milk to boost protein readings, according to the Chinese government. The chemical was first found in infant milk powder produced by Sanlu Group Co., and was also found in products of China Mengniu Dairy Co., Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co. and Bright Dairy & Food Co.
Shijianzhuang, Hebei-based Sanlu Group Co. had lobbied municipal authorities to manage news reports about its melamine- contaminated products, the People's Daily reported yesterday, citing a government official.
Sanlu had informed the city
government as early as Aug. 2 that melamine-contamination may have led to
kidney stones in infants, the report said, citing
Calls to Sanlu's offices over the past two weeks haven't been returned.
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