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EU joins global movement against Chinese milk

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The European Union has joined a growing list of countries worldwide which are banning Chinese milk products because of the chemical contamination scandal.

More than a dozen countries in Asia, Africa and Europe have banned imports, after several Chinese babies died after being fed powdered milk which had been doctored with an industrial chemical.

The European Commission announced testing on all imported prooducts from China containing more than 15 per cent milk powder, and random testing on items already in the EU market. But the controls do not stop there.

Spokeswoman Nina Papadoulaki said: “The measures will also impose an explicit total ban on all products originating in China for infants and young children containing any percentage of milk in order to ensure that such products are not imported under any form.”

The World Health Organisation called the growing contamination scandal “deplorable” but urged authorities to test Chinese dairy products before banning or recalling them.