Chinese tainted milk scare escalates

Sep 22, 2008 (DVB), Burma is among the countries that have taken action against Chinese-made milk products as the Chinese health ministry announced that nearly 53,000 children had become ill after drinking contaminated milk.

AFP reported that most were said to have recovered but almost 13,000 remained in hospital in China after drinking milk products contaminated with melamine, an industrial chemical.

Countries including Burma, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and Bangladesh have suspended the import and sale of Chinese milk products or limited their distribution amid fears that more children could be affected.

Residents of Mandalay and Pakokku in central Burma said demand for Chinese-made milk powder had fallen since the crisis began.

But some Pakokku residents said that the affected brands were not particularly popular in local markets.

"The brands that have had problems do not really come into the markets here as we prefer to buy cheaper brands such as Red Cow and Butterfly," one Pakokku resident said.

A resident of Mandalay said Dumax-brand milk powder from New Zealand was the most widely used by locals.

Reporting by Yee May Aung

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