Windsor Star

N. Zealand blows whistle on tainted milk powder

- WELLINGTON

New Zealand “blew the whistle” on the sale of tainted milk powder in China, linked to at least one death, after local Chinese authoritie­s refused to act, Prime Minister Helen Clark said today.

Her revelation came one day after New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra, a joint venture partner of Chinese milk manuf a c t u r e r Sanlu Group, said it knew about the c ontaminati­on for several weeks before a recall was initiated.

Gove r n ment figures show 432 babies in China have developed kidney stones and one has died after drinking milk made from powder contaminat­ed with melamine, a chemical used to make plastics and glue. At least one child has died.

Officials at Fonterra “have been trying for weeks to get an official recall and the local authoritie­s in China would not do it,” Clark told Television New Zealand’s Breakfast program.

The prime minister said she learned about the problem on Sept. 5. Three days later, she ordered officials to inform authoritie­s in Beijing.

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