The Chinese baby milk scandal has claimed the head of the country’s quality control body, who has resigned, and the number of children hospitalised by melamine poisoning has doubled to over 13,000.
More than 50,000 have been made ill, and over 100 are in a critical condition from the industrial chemical that is attacking their kidneys. The World Health Organisation warns there could be worse to come:
“I think we will see more cases but it is of course impossible to predict how many cases there finally will be. We have to remember that China is a large country with the population of 1.3 billion people,” said one of its officials.
It is suspected Melamine, used in plastics, was used to hide watered-down milk because it can mask missing proteins. The Chinese authorities are now boosting their quality control checks and pulling suspected contaminated goods from supermarket shelves
Local officials are also being blamed for delays in reporting the problem powder, as customer complaints were being made as early as December.
This woman’s opinion was typical of many of the savvy new consumer-generation Chinese who expect better of Beijing, and want the guilty to pay: “I think the Chinese government should have a better attitude to facing its problems. They are also bad with circulating information. They should improve if they want their economy to move forward. Because if the world cannot trust them then they will lose a lot of opportunities.”