Contaminated baby food in China causes kidney stones

September 13th, 2008 - 9:45 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Sep 13 (Xinhua) China’s baby food manufacturer Sanlu Group has been asked to stop production of its milk powder after it was found contaminated and at least 432 babies in the country came to suffer from kidney stones due to it, a health ministry official said Saturday.”The central government has ordered stopping the sales of all Sanlu brand baby milk powder on the market,” Gao Qiang, a senior Chinese health ministry official, told a press conference and added that the company has been asked to stop its production right now.

“It is a severe food safety accident,” Gao said.

The dairy firm has already recalled some 700 tonnes of its baby food from the market after it discovered that some of its products, manufactured before Aug 6, were contaminated with tripolycyanamide or melamine, a chemical content that could lead to stone formation in the urinary tract of the human body.

According to Gao, the Sanlu Group had received complaints about its baby milk powder in March and launched an investigation to find the the problems.

“It also took actions to recall some of these products. However, for a long time the group didn’t report it to the government nor did it reveal the information to the public,” the official said.

“Sanlu Group should take a large part of responsibility in the case,” he said.

He also said that 432 cases of infants developing kidney stones after consuming the baby food have been recorded so far.

The State Council, the cabinet, has decided to launch a nationwide check-up on all the country’s baby milk powder producers and the results will be announced to the public, he said.

“Substandard milk powder will be recalled and banned for sale,” Gao said, citing the orders given by the government.

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