"Tainted formula sickens thousands; Baby milk woes widen in China" by Tini Tran, Associated Press | September 18, 2008
BEIJING - The Chinese government was dispatching thousands of inspectors to monitor producers as officials reported yesterday that the number of babies sick from tainted milk formula had climbed dramatically, to nearly 6,200 from 1,200 a day earlier.
At least three babies have died and more than 1,300 others, mostly newborns, remain hospitalized with dozens suffering from acute kidney failure. Health Minister Chen Zhu said he expected the numbers of affected babies to increase as "more and more parents take kids to the hospital."
Li Changjiang, the head of China's quality control watchdog agency, said 5,000 inspectors will be sent out nationwide to monitor companies after government testing showed that 20 percent of the companies producing milk powder had dairy products with melamine.
The chemical additive was at the center of a pet food scandal in the United States in 2007. An estimated 1,500 dogs and cats died after ingesting a pet food ingredient manufactured in China that was laced with melamine.
The emerging crisis has raised questions about the effectiveness of tighter controls China promised after a series of food scares in recent years over contaminated seafood, toothpaste and pet food exports.
Yeah, the FDA let all that stuff in; however, they are going to block the drugs you need.
This is literally ill!
We are talking about CHILDREN here!!!!
Is NOTHING SACRED to a BUCK in this world?