News last update:6 Aug 2012

Cow feed checks after milk powder scare

The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) will carry out special quality inspections on fresh milk and cow feedstuff nationwide in the wake of the contaminated baby milk powder scandal.

"The inspection will take place in 50 counties in major dairy product manufacturing areas including Beijing, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Hebei, Henan, Shandong, Shaanxi and Heilongjiang provinces," the ministry said.

After the Sanlu baby milk powder scandal, the MOA had immediately ordered its local agencies nationwide to establish special inspection working groups to strengthen quality check to prevent any sub-standard fresh milk from sale.

The Sanlu Group, a leading Chinese dairy producer based in northern Hebei Province, admitted Friday that it had found some of its baby milk powder products were contaminated with melamine, a chemical raw material. It issued an immediate recall of milk formula made before August 6.

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