China’s tainted milk scandal spreads around world

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 01 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1890
  1. Jane Parry
  1. 1Hong Kong

    Dozens of countries have banned the sale or imports of dairy products from China. Melamine tainted milk has killed four infants in China and hospitalised tens of thousands of infants and children with kidney problems.

    The European Union has banned all baby food containing Chinese milk; France has gone further by banning all foods containing Chinese milk as a precautionary measure. Altogether 24 other countries in Asia, Africa, and South America have imposed bans on some or all Chinese milk products.

    The World Health Organization has called on countries to be alert to possible melamine contamination of dairy products sourced in China.

    “While breast feeding is the ideal way of providing infants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth …

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