9 ar­rested in fake baby for­mula scan­dal

Fiji Sun - - World News -

Bei­jing: Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties have ar­rested nine peo­ple in a re­cent milk pow­der scan­dal, which in­volved the pro­duc­tion and sell­ing of fake baby for­mula un­der the brands of “Sim­i­lac” and “Be­ing­mate”. China’s food safety com­mis­sion un­der the State Coun­cil said at a Satur­day press con­fer­ence that Shang­hai Po­lice had trans­ferred six of the sus­pects to ju­di­cial or­gans for pros­e­cu­tion and hunt­ing down another sus­pect. Shang­hai Po­lice started to probe the case af­ter re­ceiv­ing re­ports in Septem­ber. From De­cem­ber 9, 2015 to Jan­uary 7, 2016, they have ar­rested nine sus­pects and seized about 1000 cans of milk pow­der, over 20,000 empty cans and 65,000 fake “Sim­i­lac” trade­marks. The fake prod­ucts had been sold into four prov­inces, in­clud­ing He­nan, An­hui, Jiangsu and Hubei, ac­cord­ing to Yan Zuqiang, deputy di­rec­tor of the Shang­hai food safety of­fice. Ac­cord­ing to the com­mis­sion, three ven­dors in Hubei, Jiangsu and An­hui have vol­un­tar­ily de­stroyed 3300 cans af­ter be­com­ing sus­pi­cious of the pow­der, while Shang­hai Po­lice have con­fis­cated another 5000 cans.

There are still 3300 cans of fake “Sim­i­lac” pow­der left un­ac­counted for, and another ven­dor in An­hui con­fessed 3600 cans of “Be­ing­mate” had been sold. Au­thor­i­ties in prov­inces con­cerned are fur­ther trac­ing down the fake prod­ucts. Mean­while, a test of 14 key items found the fake prod­ucts within na­tional safety stan­dards, the com­mis­sion added. The lat­est scan­dal was a fresh blow to sen­si­tive Chi­nese con­sumers, whose trust in baby for­mula prod­ucts was eroded by a 2008 case in which six in­fants died for con­sum­ing baby milk tainted by melamine. Deputy head of the food safety com­mis­sion Teng Ji­a­cai said the agency will fur­ther im­prove food safety mech­a­nism to strengthen reg­u­la­tion in the in­dus­try. Xin­hua

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