Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FRANCE IN FOCUS

FRANCE 24 turns 10: A look behind the scenes

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Hollande, the One Term President (part 1)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Trump Keeps 'Em Guessing, Italian Referendum, Austrian Election, Castro's Death (part 2)

Read more

FOCUS

Video: Far-right at the gates of power in Austria

Read more

FASHION

Discovering the winter 2016/2017 men's fashion collections in Paris

Read more

ENCORE!

Rendez-vous on '42nd Street' as the meta musical comes to Paris

Read more

REPORTERS

Uzbekistan reinforces its tight grip on election and country

Read more

#THE 51%

Generation porn: The impact of online pornography on teen sexuality

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Marty McFly's self-tying shoes inspire new Nike sneakers

Read more

Three babies dead, more than 6,000 ill in milk scandal

Latest update : 2008-09-18

The death toll from China’s tainted-milk scandal rose to three, and 6,244 babies have fallen ill after consuming the melamine-contaminated milk powder, according to Chinese health authorities.

Three babies died, 158 are in hospital with acute kidney failure and thousands of others fell ill after drinking tainted milk in China, Health Minister Chen Zhu said on Wednesday.
   
Giving the government's first detailed account of a scandal that erupted last week over milk powder contaminated with a chemical used to make plastics, Chen said 6,244 babies had fallen ill after consuming the product.
   
While many of those had recovered, 1,327 remained in hospital and 158 of those were suffering from acute kidney failure, Chen told reporters.
   
Three babies had died, he said, updating the previous toll by one.
   
The head of China's quality watchdog body, Li Changjiang, told the press conference that 22 companies nationwide were found to have produced the milk powder that contained melamine.
   
Melamine is normally used for making plastics and glues, but authorities have said it was put into the milk powders to make it appear the product had more protein.
   
The industrial chemical is being blamed for causing kidney stones in the affected babies, a condition that is rare in infants but which causes a range of health risks.
   
Babies have reportedly been taken to hospital unable to pass urine and suffering severe vomiting.
   
The scandal is the latest to rock China's food industry, which has been tarnished by a series of health scares over dangerous products, some of which have been exported.
  

Date created : 2008-09-17

COMMENT(S)