July 16: Milk scandal in China makes world headlines
Last updated 12-31-08 at 11:40 a.m.
Shelves are stripped in a supermarket in China as a result of the contamination in September.
The scandal broke after 16 infants in Gansu Province, who had been
fed on milk powder produced by Sanlu Group, were diagnosed with kidney
stones. After the initial focus on Sanlu, the market leader in the budget
segment, government inspections revealed the problem existed to a lesser
degree in products from 21 other companies, including Mengniu, Yili,
The issue has raised concerns about food safety
and political corruption in mainland China, and
it has damaged the reputation of China’s food exports.