China In Crisis: Tainted Milk Toll Skyrockets – Four Children Dead, Thousands Seriously Ill – 22 Milk Producers Involved – Many Countries Banning China Milk Products

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

Original Story…

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

Dr. David Estwick, Barbados Health Minister

Dr. David Estwick, Barbados Health Minister

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?

Further Reading

AP: Tests Find Chemical Also In Liquid Milk In China


ABS: Singapore suspends China milk imports; deadly chemical found in yoghur

Previous BFP Story: More Melamine Poisoned Chinese Food: Hundreds, Maybe Thousands Of Babies Seriously Ill – Deaths Starting


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18 responses to “China In Crisis: Tainted Milk Toll Skyrockets – Four Children Dead, Thousands Seriously Ill – 22 Milk Producers Involved – Many Countries Banning China Milk Products

  1. Juris

    There was a story in yesterday’s Advocate that the formula had not reached Barbados…p 11, I think.


    BFP says,

    Yes, we know about that… but the “baby formula” information is over one week old. The contamination is now known to be in many other “bulk” milk products that were used for everything from puddings to chocolate bars to cereals. This is big… really big… as any Google search would show our Health Ministry.

    About five days ago the question changed from “Has any Chinese baby formula been imported??” to “Where did the bulk product go to? What was it made into and in which countries and has any of that chocolate, cereal, powdered milk, cake mix or any other food containing the bulk product been imported into Barbados?”

    But hey… its the weekend so no problem. We understand that the Minister of Health has other things to do. In the USA though, the FDA is working 24/7 to ensure the health of Americans during this international crisis.

  2. Straight talk


    You sure the FDA is working 24/7 to protect the purity of milk supplies or is it protectionism?

    What about the antibiotics and growth hormone allowed in their home produced milk, which BICO and Pinehill import?

    Different strokes?


    BFP says,

    Antibiotics and growth hormones are a worthy topic of discussion – if you would write a piece we would publish it unedited.

    However, we now have a worldwide crisis in China’s milk products where thousands are seriously ill, and the world’s media are on the story in a big way.


    Yet another diversion away from the far more serious situation of the deteriorating confidence in the US dollar and the bursting of the bubbles that have sustained US businesses on Wall Street for decades. China’s milk problem has killed 3 children, how many has the US military killed over the years in what is turning out to be a vain attempt at curtailing the inevitable that is happening today?

  4. Tell me Why

    >>>>and how many people were affected during the Olympics. Wonder if athletes consumed any of the tainted milk.


    BFP says…

    breaking news Sept. 19, 7pm… Chinese authorities knew of the poison milk early in August, yet said nothing so as not to spoil the mood of the Olympics… Reuters.

  5. Hants

    Be careful my BFP friends.

    We have been warned in Canada that contaminated products may be selling illegally in Canadian Chinese stores.

    The danger in these situations is when companies import in bulk to create other products.

    Also one of the Chinese companies involved is part owned by a New Zealand company.

    Globalisation has its challenges.

  6. Straight talk


    Thanks for the opportunity to expand on your story.
    Dangerous additives to our foods is not a one country problem.
    Pharmaceutical giants have used their financial muscle to threaten and introduce products which are seriously injurious to every country’s health.

    I’m busy right now, but will take up your offer at a later date.

    In the meantime, as a 101 for anyone interested in what we are being fed, and in the interests of fairness as to the global nature of reckless food additives may I suggest the following video or editorial piece:-

    Got (Genetically Engineered) Milk?
    The Monsanto rBGH/BST Milk Wars Handbook
    Dr. Samuel Epstein

    rBGH (recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone), is a genetically engineered (GE) potent variant of the natural growth hormone produced by cows. Manufactured by Monsanto, it is sold to dairy farmers under the trade name POSILAC. Injection of this GE hormone forces cows to increase their milk production by about 10%. Monsanto and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) insist that rBGH milk is indistinguishable from natural milk and safe to cows and consumers. However:

    * rBGH makes cows sick. Monsanto has been forced to admit to about 20 veterinary health risks on its Posilac label including mastitis and udder inflammation.
    * rBGH milk is contaminated by pus from mastitis induced by rBGH, and antibiotics used to treat the mastitis.
    * rBGH milk is contaminated by the GE hormone which can be absorbed through the gut and induce immunological effects.
    * rBGH milk is chemically and nutritionally very different from natural milk.
    * rBGH milk is supercharged with high levels of a natural growth factor (IGF-1), excess levels of which have been incriminated as major causes of breast, colon, and prostate cancers.
    * rBGH factory farms pose a major threat to the viability of small dairy farms. Thus, rBGH
    enriches Monsanto while posing risks but no benefits to the entire U.S. population.

    The health hazards to animals, the detriment to small farms, the cover-up in Monsanto, all the negatives attached to rGBH are in no way balanced by any benefits of increased milk production in view of the national surplus.

    Milk and dairy products

    Does pasteurized milk really do the body good?

    During the 1930’s, Dr. Francis M. Pottenger conducted a 10-year study on the relative effects of pasteurized and raw milk diets on 900 cats. One group received nothing but raw whole milk, while the other was fed nothing but pasteurized whole milk from the same source. The raw milk group thrived, remaining healthy, active and alert throughout their lives, but the group fed on pasteurized milk soon became listless, confused and highly vulnerable to a host of chronic degenerative ailments normally associated with humans, including heart disease, kidney failure, thyroid dysfunction, respiratory ailments, loss of teeth, brittle bones, liver inflammation, etc.


    BGH: Monsanto and the Dairy Industry’s Dirty Little Secret

    Seven years ago, Feb. 4, 1994, despite nationwide protests by consumer groups, Monsanto and the FDA forced onto the US market the world’s first GE animal drug, recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH, sometimes known as rBST).

    BGH is a powerful GE drug produced by Monsanto which, injected into dairy cows, forces them to produce 15%-25% more milk, in the process seriously damaging their health and reproductive capacity.

    Despite warnings from scientists, such as Dr. Michael Hansen from the Consumers Union and Dr. Samuel Epstein from the Cancer Prevention Coalition, that milk from rBGH injected cows contains substantially higher amounts of a potent cancer tumor promoter called IGF-1, and despite evidence that rBGH milk contains higher levels of pus, bacteria, and antibiotics, the FDA gave the hormone its seal of approval, with no real pre-market safety testing required.

    Moreover, the FDA ruled, in a decision marred by rampant conflict of interest (several key FDA decision makers, including Michael Taylor, previously worked for Monsanto), that rBGH-derived products did not have to be labeled, despite polls showing that 90% of American consumers wanted labeling — mainly so they could avoid buying rBGH-tainted products.

    All of the major criticisms leveled against rBGH have turned out to be true. Since 1994, every industrialized country in the world, except for the US, has banned the drug.

    In 1998, Canadian government scientists revealed that Monsanto’s own data on feeding rBGH to rats, carefully concealed by the company and the FDA, indicated possible cancer dangers to humans.

    Since rBGH was approved, approximately 40,000 small and medium-sized US dairy farmers, 1/3 of the total in the country, have gone out of business, concentrating milk production in the hands of industrial-sized dairies, most of whom are injecting their cows with this cruel and dangerous drug.

    In a 1998 survey by Family Farm Defenders, it was found that mortality rates for cows on factory dairy farms in Wisconsin, those injecting their herds with rBGH, were running at 40% per year. In other words, after two and a half years of rBGH injections most of these drugged and supercharged cows were dead.

    Typically, dairy cows live for 15-20 years.

    Alarmed and revolted by rBGH, consumers have turned in droves to organic milk and dairy products or to brands labeled as rBGH-free. Nonetheless, use of the drug has continued to increase in the US (and in nations like Brazil and Mexico) especially in large dairy herds, so that currently 15% of America’s 10 million lactating dairy cows are being injected with rBGH.

    Compounding the problem of rBGH contamination, most of the nation’s 1500 dairy companies are allowing the co-mingling of rBGH and non-rBGH milk, thereby contaminating 80-90% of the nation’s milk and dairy supply (including all of the major infant formula brands). For a list of organic and rBGH-free dairies in the US consult the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) website.

    The major reason that rBGH is still on the market is that it is not labeled. Supermarket dairy managers, following guidelines circulated by the rBGH and biotech lobby, routinely lie to consumers, telling them either that rBGH is not in their products, or that there’s no way to tell, and reassuring them that the FDA has certified that rBGH is safe.

    Of course, every survey conducted since 1994 shows that if consumers were given a choice, they would boycott rBGH-tainted products.

    Responding to the global controversy surrounding the drug, Monsanto put BGH for sale in 1998, but there were no takers. Transnational PR firms working with the biotech industry have categorized Monsanto’s handling of the rBGH controversy as a “public relations disaster.”

    Starbucks has been a target as 3/4 of the 32 million gallons of milk it buys every year in the US are coming from dairies that allow cows to be injected with rBGH.

    Once Starbucks’ 15 million customers learn that most of the latte or cappuccino drinks they’re paying top dollar for (3/4 of the volume of these drinks are milk) contain an extra dose of pus, antibiotics, and growth hormones and that Fair Trade and organic coffee constitute less than one percent of company sales, they may decide to take their business elsewhere.

    Total annual sales for the company are approximately $2.5 billion.

    The worst nightmare of Monsanto and the biotech industry is starting to materialize: a mass-based consumer and environmental marketplace pressure campaign in the heartland of GE foods-North America.

    A number of major US food companies are already responding to public pressure and starting to sweep GE foods off their products lists and their grocery shelves: Gerber (baby food), Heinz (baby food), Frito-Lay (at least for their corn), Whole Foods, Wild Oats, Trader Joe’s, and even McDonald’s (at least for their French fries).

    Bovine Growth Hormone in Milk – Whistle Blowers Expose the Truth

  7. reality check

    Barbadian politicians have never been proactive in addressing the electorate on important issues.

    They get voted in, take their monthly cheques ( at a minimum ) and then reappear just before the next election smiling and slapping you on the back.


  8. .200

    The US government is always open to learning new ways of doing things. It’s not too proud to take lessons from China either.

    America and China Joined at the Hip



    The convergence of Chinese and US political-economic systems is going on in other ways too. Both governments are using massive computer systems (made in America) to monitor the Internet, with China making use of equipment and techniques developed for them by US companies like Google, Yahoo and Cisco Systems, and with the National Security Agency then drawing on those techniques for use back here in America.

    As we saw at the two national party conventions last month, the US is also learning and applying the crowd-control techniques of the Chinese government to the US where the default tactic wherever public protest is planned is now to have police adopt a paramilitary approach that features aggressive use of tear gas, concussion bombs, assault rifles, house raids and preventive detention.

    Another point of convergence is the concentration of power in a secretive executive body. China, of course, has a national congress. It meets once a year and passes carefully vetted resolutions. In recent years, its members have occasionally raised a controversial issue, like concerns about the environmental and human consequences of the Three Gorges Dam, or about the role of shoddy construction in the deaths of so many school children in the last earthquake. But it has no power and plays no role in controlling the decisions of the true leaders of the country.

    Likewise in the US, there is a Congress, but over the last eight years, it has ceded virtually all oversight power to the executive branch, which treats any effort by its members to investigate or to constrain its action with utter contempt.

    Both countries promote widespread, worshipful display of the national flag, and ritual oath-taking, as well as unquestioning patriotism and worship of militarism.

  9. crossroads

    The Chinese have always been known to break patents or to supply sub- standard qualities if they are not screened properly.
    On Thursday I went to a popular gas station on the south coast to buy milk and there was none on the shelf, I asked the cashier if they were out of stock and she said the milk they had was recalled by pinehill, I asked why, she did’nt know. On Friday (yesterday) I went to a popular supermarket on the south coast and they only had 100% milk and not the 2% I normally buy. Is this a coincidence or is there more to this equation?

  10. BAFBFP

    man buy the 100% milk and move on, it only contains 1.3% more fat than 2% if fat free is what you are looking for. Many of the people that blog on this site are realy quite silly…

  11. crossroads

    Yes… I agree with you. Some people are quite silly BAFBFP….whatever!

  12. Straight talk

    Guess my quick response to your invitation didn’t promote Cliverton’s agenda, hence a two day moderation.

    How the heck can ordinary people have a serious debate about the pollution of our food supply when the very people we rely upon to provide the platform for an open discussion censor unfavourable facts?


    BFP says,

    Hey, it was in the spam basket and we never saw it. But now that you have mentioned it… even rudely… we dug it out and there you go.

    You could have asked us nicely, you know, and achieved the same result.

  13. BFP

    And Straight Talk…

    Thanks very much for that very informative post.

    I never knew all that about the growth hormones. I heard a bit, but nothing about the studies.

    Yes, please do up an article and we certainly will post it as a feature. Hey… what about Barbados? Do we allow this hormone or any other nastiness? Perhaps you could also examine the Bajan connection in your piece.


  14. Hants

    3:33pm UK, Sunday September 21, 2008

    “Supermarkets have recalled Chinese-made Nestle milk powder after it was found to be contaminated with an industrial chemical.”

    “The Hong Kong government has now confirmed it found melamine in Nestle’s Dairy Farm brand milk, made by a Nestle subsidiary in the Chinese coastal city of Qingdao.”

    Barbadians must be vigilant and keep informed.
    Google the net for up to date info.

    If Maple Leaf sliced meat products are sold in Barbados you should read this.

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