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Melamine-Tainted Milk Powder Kills 4 Children in China

9:58 AM MDT | September 18, 2008 |

Alex Scott

Chinese milk powder intentionally contaminated with melamine has killed four children and caused illness to thousands more across China. The Chinese government today said it had arrested a total of 18 people who it believes are involved in the contamination. Melamine, which is normally used in the manufacture of plastics, was added to the milk powder to make it appear higher in protein. The melamine can damage the health of kidneys.   Melamine has been found in products made by 22 Chinese companies. The head of Sanlu Group, one of the largest dairy companies...

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