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Links 1 through 3 of 3 by David Bandurski tagged Sanlu

China's Ministry of Health responded in state media today to public concerns that new quality standards for the milk industry in China had been influenced by major milk producers in the country, as some experts have publicly alleged in recent days. The MOH said the new standards had been drafted by 70 experts, including 24 from various universities and government quality control agencies, and 9 representatives from milk companies (Abbot, Mead-Johnson, Danone, Sanyuan, Mengniu, Yili and Guangming). The other 37 "experts" were not specified.

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Chinese social media buzzed with anger today after news media reported that Wu Xianguo (吴显国), one of the most senior officials removed in the midst of the 2008 poisoned milk scandal, was present at an annual meeting of top Hebei Party officials on November 18. Wu is the former top leader of Hebei's Shijiazhuang city and a former member of the provincial standing committee of the CCP. His presence at the meeting suggests he is still active in Hebei politics three years after the milk scandal, which centered on the Shijiazhuang-based milk company Sanlu.

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Southern Metropolis Daily, a commercial spin-off of Guangdong's official Nanfang Daily, continues its coverage of food safety in China today, with a special page dealing with milk safety. The paper reports: "Among 1,176 [milk producing] enterprises [nationwide], 643 passed checks for permit applications, less than 55 percent. 107 enterprises were shut down for overhaul, and 426 failed to pass inspection." The paper also writes in its op-ed section on the hurdles that continue to stand in the way of food safety in China. 

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