Two Given Death Penalty In Tainted Milk Scandal

January 22, 2009

China (ChattahBox) – Two of the men involved in the ‘tainted milk’ scandal, which left six babies dead, and over 30,000 seriously ill, have been given the death penalty by China’s high court.

The act of placing melamine into infant formula, as a way of fooling consumers into thinking there was more protein, was one of many product disputes to come out of China in recent years, and has been the most damaging to their production reputation since lead was found in a variety of their toys in 2008.

The trials for the melamine scandal began in Shijiazhuang, where victim’s families have been barred from the court, in order to contain the outrage officials are afraid of unleashing. Instead, they have been firmly placing themselves on the court steps, protesting against the men who took their young loved ones.

It has been confirmed during the proceedings that the company, Sanlu, knew of the chemical poisoning the milk, and allowed it to pass through quality control to be sold, as much as 900 tons of which was bought by consumers, and given to infants, who fell ill almost immediately.

It isn’t just Sanlu that is under fire for the toxic milk. Both the dealers, who knowingly sold the product, and the government, who are being accused of failing to act in time to stop the crisis, have been fingered in the process as well, and the people are afraid that it is only a matter of time before such an occurrence happens again.

This is the second milk scandal that has left infants dead in it’s wake in China.


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