New Tang Dynasty Television
January 6, 2010
A new milk safety scandal has broken out in China.
Authorities in Shanghai have closed a dairy company and arrested three executives, after milk products were found to contain high levels of the toxic industrial chemical melamine.
According to the state-run Shanghai Daily, melamine was found in milk powder and condensed milk made by the Shanghai Panda Dairy Co. Ltd.
Melamine is a toxic chemical used for making plastic. When added to food it can make the protein content appear higher, but itâ€™s highly detrimental to human health.
Last year, more than 300,000 children were poisoned and at least six died after drinking the tainted milk, according to Chinese state-run media.
In a similar incident last month, Chinese authorities also arrested three employees of the Shaanxi Jinqiao Diary Company for producing melamine-tainted milk.