China’s baby milk crisis has prompted the EU to call for a full investigation into how milk products were contaminated with melamine.
Crowds of worried Chinese parents have flocked to local hospitals for free check-ups for their children after four babies died from contaminated milk.
Over 6,000 children have been made ill with at least 150 suffering from acute kidney failure.
In response to criticism, the management of the organisation responsible for food safety claimed that “product quality was an issue for the international community”.
Meanwhile, supermarkets across China have emptied their shelves of products made by Chinese dairy giants Mengniu, Yili and Guangming.
But alarm has spread outside China.
The EU spokesperson for health, Haravgi-Nina Papadoulaki, said: “Although Europe did not import milk products from China, to avoid problems member states should reinforce controls on goods from China in general.”
But for the parents with sick children the anxiety is far more acute.
And they want to know how a scam using a substance normally used to make plastics, but which can appear to increase the protein content of milk, could have gone undetected until now.