Sun, Jan 03, 2010 - Page 2 News List

DOH to determine whether tainted milk entered market

By Vincent Y. Chao  /  STAFF REPORTER, WITH STAFF WRITER

A Department of Health official said yesterday the agency was trying to determine if any toxic milk had been imported after a Chinese dairy was shut down yesterday for producing and selling an infant formula laced with melamine — a toxic industrial chemical.

Head of the department’s Bureau of Pharmaceutical Affairs Kang Jaw-jou (康照洲) said the bureau would consult the Ministry of Economic Affairs to determine if the manufacturer, Shanghai-based Panda Dairy Company, was on the list of imported milk products.

Melamine is rich in nitrogen, which enables products to foil mandatory protein content tests. Ingesting it can lead to kidney stones and kidney failure.

Xinhua news agency reported yesterday that the company’s warehouses were cordoned off and government agencies have been overseeing the recall of products on the marketplace, while the company’s corporate representative and two managers have been taken into custody.

Kang said the agency would use “appropriate” measures pending the outcome of its inquiry.

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