At least four children died and tens of thousands were made ill by drinking milk powder adulterated with melamine, prompting many worried parents to switch to foreign-made formula.
Melamine, a compound used in making plastic chairs among other uses, is added to food to cheat nutrition tests and has since been found in other dairy products, eggs and animal feed, prompting recalls of Chinese-made products around the world.
China's quality watchdog intercepted 191 batches of problem foreign goods in July, including milk powder and other dairy products made by Australian and South Korean companies, the Beijing News said, citing the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).
Nearly nine tonnes of "Ausnutria"-brand milk powder produced by Australian
dairy company Tatura Industries Ltd and supplied to
an Australian-Chinese joint venture in southern
A company official at Tatura
said the problem batch had passed quality inspections in
"The products never made it into the local market," Tony McKenna, general manager of Nutritionals at Tatura, told Reuters by telephone.
"We've absolute faith in our quality systems, but we
will comply with all of (the Chinese) requirements," McKenna said. More
than 14 tonnes of "Pauls"-brand
milk imported from
"Pauls" milk is produced by Parmalat Australia Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Italian dairy giant Parmalat.
A spokesman contacted by Reuters by telephone at Parmalat
Authorities also seized more than 4,000 pounds (1970 kg)
of a brand of cheese supplied by an American company to Chinese dairy
producer Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group, and
other products ranging from British biscuits and chicken feet from
It was not clear why the customs authority posted the list
more than three months after the inspections, but the publication comes as
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