News last update:6 Aug 2012

296,000 hit by Chinese milk poisoning

Chinese authorities confirmed that a total of 296,000 children had fallen ill from consuming dairy products tainted with the industrial chemical melamine. This is 2,000 more than the previous official count.

The health ministry also told reporters at a briefing that a total of 52,898 babies had been treated in hospital for kidney problems caused by the toxic ingredient. Of these, 52,582 had been discharged.

Earlier ministry data also showed six deaths had been linked to melamine.

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