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Executives of melamine scandal stand trial

SHIJIAZHUANG, 31 Dec 2008: Four executives of Sanlu Group, the major dairy at the center of China’s tainted milk scandal, went on trial Wednesday at a court in Shijiazhuang, capital of northern Hebei Province, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Shijiazhuang Intermediate People’s Court accused Tian Wenhua, Sanlu’s former board chairperson and general manager and three other executives of producing and selling fake or substandard products.

The three other executives are former deputy general managers Wang Yuliang and Hang Zhiqi, and Wu Jusheng, a former executive in charge of the firm’s milk division.

The four were arrested on 26 Sept.

Prior to the four, 17 people have gone on trial over charges of producing, adding melamine-laced “protein powder” to milk or selling the tainted milk to Sanlu or other dairies. 

The Health Ministry has said it was likely the contamination killed at least six babies. Another 294,000 infants suffered from urinary problems such as kidney stones. — Bernama


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