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The Knucklehead of the Day award

Today's winner is Sanlu Group Co. They get the award for the following.

BEIJING -- China's government vowed "serious punishment" on Friday after a major dairy recalled 700 tons of milk powder linked to a rash of kidney stones in infants in a case that reignited fears about Chinese product safety.

U.S. authorities warned American consumers to avoid all Chinese infant formula. A New Zealand company that owns a stake in the Chinese producer said it believed none of the powder was exported from China.

Sanlu Group Co., China's biggest milk powder producer, ordered the recall after more than 50 babies suffered kidney stones and one died, the official Xinhua News Agency said. It said tests found it was tainted with melamine, a chemical used in plastics.

"Those responsible will face serious punishment," said a Health Ministry spokesman, Mao Qunan, quoted by Xinhua. The agency said investigators concluded the chemical was added when the milk was purchased from farmers but gave no other details. It said 78 "suspicious people" were summoned for questioning.

A leading Chinese business magazine, Caijing, quoted Sanlu's brand manager, Su Changsheng, as saying the company knew about the contamination on Aug. 6 but refrained from telling the public. Su said Sanlu kept silent because some grocers refused to return tainted powder, but the report did not say why that prevented a warning.

Other news reports have put the number of children affected by the tainted milk at over 400.

If the business magazine was correct in its reporting, the failure to do a properly inform consumers is inexcusable. Put that aside, the company had a terrible episode of quality control with a product that is given to children. That is sufficient enough in my eyes to name Sanlu Group Co. today's Knucklehead of the Day.


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Comments (6)

Say what you will about the... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Say what you will about the Chinese political system. At the very least those responsible will be either given lengthy prison sentences, or put against a wall and shot.

Unlike other countries were only the 'company' will be punished.

Melamine? That is the same ... (Below threshold)
ptg:

Melamine? That is the same stuff that was in the tainted pet food ingredients from China last year.
http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/2007-04-26-pet-food-china_N.htm

The offenders will be execu... (Below threshold)
Roy:

The offenders will be executed and their organs harvested, but those transplants will be loaded with melamine and other chemicals.

The execution thing is not ... (Below threshold)
Mike:

The execution thing is not a joke. Remember last year?
China Ex-Food and Drug Chief Executed

By ALEXA OLESEN
The Associated Press
Tuesday, July 10, 2007; 2:24 AM

BEIJING -- China on Tuesday executed the former head of its food and drug watchdog who had become a symbol of the country's wide-ranging problems on product safety.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/09/AR2007070900689.html

Anybody who feeds their bab... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Anybody who feeds their baby infant formula made in China because it's $2 per package cheaper is not fit to have children.

The severe punishment is a ... (Below threshold)
GM Cassel AMH1(AW) USN RET:

The severe punishment is a pistol shot to the base of the head from behind. Standard Communist Method.




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