Southern Weekend reports the reappearance of more melamine-tainted milk. The culprits, Dongyuan Dairy Products, have apparently been distributing the yet-to-be-destroyed raw materials from the 2008 incident.
Two years after the “Sanlu milk powder incident”, the news of melamine tainted formula has remained a hot topic. At the start of this year, it was reported that many dairy-product enterprises had continued to use the raw materials used in 2008’s tainted formula. As a result, [companies] throughout the country have continued to conduct [thorough screening tests]. Recently, vestiges of the tainted milk powder have once again been traced; this time in the provinces of Gansu, Qinghai and Jilin.
Reporting on June 25, […] the Gansu province quality supervision and control center received three samples of milk powder from informant Liu Xiping. The demands of the test were to test for melamine.
[The center’s] findings discovered that the three samples returned the following results:
Sample #1: 215mg／kg (86% over the allowed amount of melamine)
Sample #2: 1397mg／kg (559% over the allowed amount of melamine)
Sample #3: 323mg／kg (130% over the allowed amount of melamine)
Following [examination of the test results], the Gansu province quality supervision and control center immediately handed Liu Xiping over to the Lanzhou city public security bureau’s investigation team. Liu Xiping explained that he was an employee of the Dongyuan dairy products factory in Qinghai province’s Minhe Huizu Tuzu autonomous county. The powder in question had been stored in a small town near the factory by a person from Shanxi with the family name Zhou. The Gansu province quality supervision bureau immediately partnered with Shanxi and Qinghai provinces’ quality supervision bureaus in opening a case to investigate the matter. Presently, the Qinghai [bureau] has confiscated approximately 38 tons of the tainted powder.
According to Liu Xiping, most of Dongyuan’s business was done in the Jiangzhe area, while only a small amount was done around the Qinghai region.
Insider Xinhua reporters in Qinghai have learned that the Dongyuan dairy products factory had shipped 58 tons of unprocessed raw materials throughout the Hebei region [….] Test results showed that these materials exceeded the standard by more than 500 times.
Legal proceedings have already begun against two people [involved with the Dongyuan factory]. Liu Zhanfeng, Dongyuan’s factory head and legal representative; and Wang Haifeng, Dongyuan’s production manager.