China confirms six infant deaths in tainted milk scandal

December 2nd, 2008 - 5:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Dec 2 (Xinhua) Chinese authorities have confirmed death of six infants from consuming melamine-tainted milk powder, after the scandal that broke out four months ago hit some 300,000 infants.Four of the six deaths occurred in eastern part of the country while two cases occurred in the northwestern province of Gansu, the country’s Ministry of Health (MOH) said without giving further details.

More than 800 infants have been receiving treatment for kidney problems after they were fed with melamine tainted baby food, the ministry said.

Altogether 294,000 infants were found to have suffered from diseases of urinary systems caused by baby food formula tainted with the industrial chemical used in making fertilisers and as a binding agents in dyes.

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