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The toxic chemical melamine is probably being routinely added to Chinese animal feed, state media has reported. Correspondents say the unusually frank reports in several news outlets are an admission that contamination could be widespread throughout the food chain. The melamine scandal began early in September, when at least four Chinese babies were killed by contaminated milk, and thousands more became ill. The news led firms across Asia to recall products made from Chinese milk. The problem widened last weekend when the authorities in Hong Kong reported that melamine had also been detected in Chinese eggs.
Chinese dairy companies involved in the tainted milk scandal have apologised in a New Year text message sent to millions of mobile phone subscribers. "We sincerely apologise...and we beg your forgiveness," read the note from 22 dairy firms, led by Sanlu, China's state news agency said. At least six babies died and 290,000 became ill from melamine contamination in milk products made by the companies. Melamine was added so the milk appeared to have a higher protein content. "We are deeply sorry for the harm caused to the children and the society," the text message said. "We sincerely apologise for that and we beg your forgiveness."
China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine has issued a letter in which it asks its affiliate in Inner Mongolia to order Mengniu not to use osteoblast milk protein in its Milk Deluxe product. AQSIQ says in the letter that as the country has not determined the safety of OMP, and since the additive IGF-1 is neither a traditional food material nor is it included in the list of food additives, it is against the current Chinese laws for Mengniu to use these two materials. AQSIQ says that if Mengniu believes that OMP and IGF-1 are safe, it should submit a document to the Ministry of Health and let the latter decide whether these additives are safe to us or not. There have been quite a lot of doubts expressed concerning Mengniu's Milk Deluxe product as it contains OMP and IGF-1.
HONG KONG — Hong Kong's two main supermarket chains said Sunday they have removed milk powder made by Swiss food giant Nestle from their shelves after a newspaper reported that samples contained the industrial chemical melamine. Spokeswomen from PARKnSHOP and Wellcome said the chains acted after Hong Kong's Apple Daily reported Sunday that tests it commissioned showed that Nestle milk powder made in China's northeastern Heilongjiang province contained the chemical. Nestle's Hong Kong office did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. Calls to its Beijing office and Beijing hot line went unanswered.
A boycott was launched in the United States on July 7, 1977, against the Swiss-based Nestlé corporation. It spread in the United States, and expanded into Europe in the early 1980s. It was prompted by concern about Nestle's "aggressive marketing" of breast milk substitutes ( infant formula ), particularly in less economically developed countries ( LEDCs ), which campaigners claim contributes to the unnecessary suffering and deaths of babies, largely among the poor. [ 1 ] Among the campaigners, Professor Derek Jelliffe and his wife Patrice, who contributed to establish the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), were particularly instrumental in helping to coordinate the boycott and giving it ample visibility worldwide. [ edit ] The baby milk issue