China Detains 96 For Melamine-Tainted Dairy

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Nearly 100 people have been arrested in China for allegedly producing and selling illegal melamine-tainted dairy products, according to official Chinese media.

chinaarrests-featured.jpgOf the 96 people detained in connection with melamine adulteration, 17 have been convicted, including two people who were sentenced to life in prison. Thirty-eight people are awaiting trail and 41 remain in custody and are under investigation, according to a recent statement by the State Council's Food Safety Commission.

The adulterated dairy--believed to be left over from the country's 2008 scandal that sickened 300,000 and killed at least 6--was discovered during a series of food safety raids.

The latest raid turned up 2,132 tons of melamine-tainted milk powder. Chinese authorities have seized over 25,000 tons of melamine dairy since the high-profile scandal grabbed international headlines in 2008.

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Source: Helena Bottemiller, Food Safety News



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