Breaking: Other China Milk Additives Include Animal Urine & Skin To Increase Protein Count
A senior dairy analyst said Chinese farmers were cutting corners to cope with rising costs for feed and labor.
“Before the melamine incident, I know they could have been adding organic stuff, say animal urine or skin,” said Chen Lianfang of Beijing Orient Agribusiness Consultant Co. “Basically, anything that can boost the protein reading.”
But he and others expressed skepticism that so many farmers would know to add melamine to milk. The chemical is not water-soluble and must be mixed with formaldehyde or another chemical before it can be dissolved in milk.
“Farmers can’t be well-educated enough to think of melamine,” Chen said. “There must be people from chemical companies contacting them and telling them it’s a good idea.”
Whey Powder Also Suspect…
“The (US) Food and Drug Administration said it is stepping up inspections at ports as a precaution. Inspectors will be sampling bulk shipments of food ingredients from Asia that are derived from milk, such as milk powder and whey powder. The FDA also plans to issue a consumer alert warning people not to buy milk products from China on the Internet.
Above Breaking News from AP: Milk Off Shelves As China’s Safety Scandal Grow
A week ago, Barbados Free Press was first to break the news on Barbados of China’s melamine-tainted powdered milk and baby formula. Then it was one dead and hundreds of babies seriously ill.
A week later and we know the situation is much worse and far more widespread than previously thought. Four babies dead, and the number of seriously ill is heading for ten thousand. The contaminated products are now known to include fresh milk, powdered milk, baby formula, yogurt, snack bars and cream.
22 Chinese Milk Producers Delivered Tainted Milk Products
And it is not just one company anymore. TEN PERCENT of samples from all producers tested in China show melamine contamination.
Reports of Tainted Products Found So Far In: China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Yemen, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Gabon and Burundi
Health Minister Estwick: What Is The Situation In Barbados?
We’d like some communication, Sir. Don’t you think it is about time for you to share what, if anything, your ministry has actually done in response to today’s information about tainted milk products from China? Are there any products on our shelves that contain any dairy ingredients from China?