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China puts 4 more on trial in milk scandal

China puts 4 more on trial in milk scandal

Four people went on trial in north China yesterday in connection with the country's tainted-milk scandal, bringing the number before the courts to 10, state media said.
On Friday, six people suspected of involvement in the scandal in which hundreds of thousands of infants fell ill and at least six died went on trial in the northern province of Hebei on charges of producing, selling or adding protein powder that contained melamine to raw milk.
Melamine is an industrial compound used in plastic chairs among other things and added to cheat nutrition tests.
The courts have not announced any verdicts.
The four who went on trial yesterday appeared in court in Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei and headquarters of the Sanlu Group, the company at the heart of the scandal, Xinhua news agency said.
Tian Wenhua, the former board chairwoman and general manager of Sanlu, goes on trial tomorrow.
After covering up the problem for several months, Sanlu admitted in September that it had sold melamine-tainted milk powder, causing kidney stones and other complications in children.
Sanlu, which halted production on Sept. 12, has filed for bankruptcy and has some 1.1 billion yuan (US$160 million) in debt, Xinhua said, citing the Shijiazhuang city government.
The Sanlu dairy group is partly owned by New Zealand's Fonterra group.


Updated : 2021-05-10 02:53 GMT+08:00