A melamine producer and a dealer in China's tainted milk scandal stood
trial today in the capital of northern Hebei Province.
The Shijiazhuang Intermediate People's Court accused Zhang Yujun of producing
775 tonnes of "protein powder" which contained melamine from October 2007
through August 2008. If added to, the product would make raw milk appear high in
Zhang sold more than 600 tonnes with total sales value of 6.83 million yuan
(US$998,000), the court heard.
Zhang Yanzhang, sold 230 tonnes to others for Zhang Yujun.
The "protein powder" was sold to milk collectors in Shijiazhuang, Tangshan,
Xingtai and Zhangjiakou cities in Hebei. Some collectors added it to raw milk
and sold it to Shijiazhuang-based Sanlu Group, the country's major dairy at the
center of the tainted milk scandal.
Other major Chinese dairy brands such as Mengjiu and Yili were also found to
have melamine contents higher than the national food safety requirement in some
of their products.
Sanlu stopped production on September 12. A bankruptcy petition for Sanlu has
been filed as it faced 1.1 billion yuan of debt, the Shijiazhuang city
government said on Thursday.
The Ministry of Health has said it was likely the contamination killed six
babies. Another 294,000 infants suffered from urinary problems such as kidney