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Chinese Milk Hit Again by Scandals

06-28 16:23 Caijing
In the latest incident, the Bright Dairy & Food Co., called Guangming in Chinese, has recalled hundreds of cartons of milk, after a mechanical error tainted the batch with alkaline water.

China’s already notorious milk industry is hit again by renewed scandals, despite Beijing’s repeated vows to deal with safety problem.

In the latest incident, the Bright Dairy & Food Co., called Guangming in Chinese, has recalled hundreds of cartons of milk, after a mechanical error tainted the batch with alkaline water.

It was “accidental”, the diary company’s chief executive Zhu Jianyi told reporters today. “The company will strictly oversee the quality issue of its products”, he said, adding that sales of its products will not suffer much from the incident despite some negative influences caused to its reputation.

The CEO also argued that the edible alkaline water would “not do great harm to human body.”

The case emerged on Wednesday when a consumer reported quality problems of Guangming’s UBEST milk on Weibo, a Chinese twitter-like microblogging service.

The blogger named “Josphin” said the same products with different production dates he/she had bought had different colors, which was later confirmed by Guangmign that some of them were tainted with alkaline water.

The incident came only two weeks after China’s top-selling dairy firm, Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co, pulled six months’ worth of infant formula from shelves due to mercury contamination.

Chinese officials have been struggling to tackle the country’s food safety issues and resume consumers’ confidence after a series of scandals, the worst of which were in 2008 when milk and infant formula laced with industrial chemical melamine killed at least six children and made nearly 300,000 ill.

Just ten days ago, Wang Dingmian, chairman of Guangzhou's dairy association, said that China’s diary industry has “developed into its best period in history,” according to Chinese media.

In a different case, another milk brand Beingmate stopped sales of one of its products containing pig bone powders, after it was sued by a customer in Guangzhou because pig bone powers are not permitted as addictives under Chinese laws.

Shares of the company plunged by 5.78 percent today in Shenzhen.

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