Chinese milk scandal could boost Breastfeeding

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Milk and milk products from China were banned Thursday in several parts of the world,including India, following reports of thousands of kids and baby animals taking ill after their consumption.

The ban against the cheap Chinese milk and its products came after contents of melamine, used for making plastics and fertiliser, as also used as whitener, was found in infant milk and other dairy products of several Chinese companies.

India, the world’s largest milk producer, Thursday banned import of dairy products from China to ward off threat of the contaminated whitener which has killed four infants and made several thousands ill in the neighbouring country.
The United Nations children’s agency U.N.I.C.E.F. minced no words in condemning the Chinese dairies saying it was unacceptable to deceive the public on health issues.  U.N.I.C.E.F. in a statement issued on Wednesday said it had “observed with great sadness and concern the unfolding story of tainted infant formula produced by Chinese companies.However, this scandal that has caused 53,000 babies to fall ill after drinking contaminated milk could boost the popularity of breastfeeding,” an AP report from Beijing said quoting Dale Rutstein, a Beijing-based spokesman for U.N.I.C.E.F.

The other countries which banned the Chinese milk and their products include Indonesia, France, the EU nations, Nepal, Bhutan, South Africa and Australia.

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  1. Melamine is used in milk products just to boost the protein level. No wonder before putting melamine in, milk has a low protein content. People do it for the sake of money.
    Posted by: anon18431
    I have heard of milk contamination which has killed some babies, so i want to ask how does melamine gets into milk?
    Posted by: anon18428
    just a question, at the moment there is a big scare of Chinese baby milk powder. sadly many, many innocent babies are gravely ill or have died, not only in China but also in Hong Kong, the reason because the milk powder and milk (products) were mixed with melamine. melamine can be used in many forms, see kitchen utensils. am I right in thinking that dental

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  2. i was surprised to watch a documentary on illegal Chinese miners, in China, who own heavy equipment (and use it to illegally mine). i would challenge the govt. to b care full, lest the fellows we see coming from that country are illegal practitioners.

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  3. What about other Chinese products in the country, what will they boost? Wake up Zambia and stop chinese products in our country, before they wipe us out with their cheap bad products

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  4. there is this idea that our so called beautiful and educated women of nowadays have ‘no breastfeeding’. the chinese guys can wipe us out if we are not careful. they are in large number and they would not mind getting rid of the 53,000 babies. it can’t even be a national mourning for them coz they are used to die in large numbers. GRZ should wake up… meanwhile let me do some research on this killer thing…

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  5. it seems pipo in zambia are only interested in politics than in their health. lets discuss guys… for more complicated information visit ‘wikipeadia’. this melamine will never be food. its poison.

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  6. For sure this will encourage breast feeding. People in the western world don’t breast feed their children the way my mums do in Zed.

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  7. Like I said earlier, it is not only milk but other products from China. People please pay attention to what is happening in the world and do not think the Chinese are our Redeemers by providing cheap products but they are bad news and will get ride of our poor race.

    check yahoo news of other food products on the line.

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  8. Too fast my fingers can’t co-ordinate with the mind…its suppose to read..#7 you see why we can’t develop? in my #10 posting.
    On the other hand a woman complained at the non availability of Lactogen 2 in Lusaka. What is Dr Banda and his friends at Ministry of Health doing not to campaign against powdered milk in our country?

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  9. HOW IS THE GOVERNMENT DOING ABOUT THE CHINESE MILK ,THATS HOW PEOPLE ARE KILLED AND INFECTED WITH UNKNOWN DISEASES THROUGH CERTAIN UN CERTIFIED PRODUCTS.

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  10. Parmalat, this is your chance to clinch it.Your products will now sell since consumers are now scared of milk imported from China.Zambia Govt pliz warn the rural community as well who do not have access to the media.NO WONDER i dont eat sugar, unboiled salt etc for health reasons.

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  11. I agree with all of you guys here. Our govt shoud do something about it. We can’t go on like this, accepting ALL chinese products though with inferior quality. It’s not just about milk but I have seen an influx of chinese-made items here in Zambia. Please be careful with these products. Most of them are not safe to use.

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  12. Lesson to learn. Something to think about.
    Salute to the Chinese who think that milk powder is better than breastfeeding.
    Beware of ALL Chinese products. After all, you simply cant trust the Communists.

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  13. Mothers be on the lookout these peeps might just dump their milk in africa where they know food stundars security cheque points are open.
    i was very impresed with what one of the leading super markets did in uk,they immediatly got rid of all the chinese product on their shelves.

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  14. Soldiers have gone for 5 months without housing allowances. We don’t know what is happening and how they are surviving with their landlords in various compounds. Pls LT find out from This so called Army Spokesman for we ‘ve no rights to find out from him. This is a serious matter at hand. Even the arrears mentioned by Honourable Mpombo sometime back of 34 months have not be given to soldiers. What is happening? Remember “Not matter how friendly or loyal a leopard maybe, it’ll never loose it’s spots”. We have suffered enough including Junior Officers. Electricity bills can’t be paid up to now. I don’t know who’s holding to our money. We need these monies in order for us to survive.

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  15. SO IFI MILK FYAIPEYE ABANA.. SO KANAYA KU ZED KA FI SANGA MU SOWETO MARKET.. WHERE ARE THE HEALTH INSPECTORS MWE BANTU AND WHAT ARE THEY EDUCATED FOR? PLSE HELP

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  16. can you pls post some pictures on this same milk containting melamine. it scares me becos we are into chinese, first it was the toys what else have we eaten. Ministry of Health and Ministry of COmmerce do something.

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  17. Mothers its time to change if u love yr babies….. these chineese products are not trusted at all. Preaty much everthing they make has effects on our health.

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