Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

China Executes Two for Selling Poison Milk That Killed Six Babies

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

China Executes Two for Selling Poison Milk That Killed Six Babies

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Byline: Bo Wilson

THE FIRST two men behind the tainted milk scandal in China that killed at least six children and made 300,000 ill were executed today.

Zhang Yujun, a middleman, and Geng Jinping, former head of a local dairy firm, were among 21 people tried and sentenced in January for their roles in producing milk intentionally laced with melamine.

The official Xinhua news agency, citing a court statement, said Zhang was executed "for the crime of endangering public safety by dangerous means", while Geng was convicted of producing and selling toxic food.

The case was one of China's worst food safety scandals, involving tainting of infant formula with the industrial chemical which can cause kidney stones and kidney failure.

Melamine, used to make plastics and fertiliser, was added to watered-down milk to fool inspectors testing for protein, and to boost profits.

Zhang produced more than 770 tonnes of melamine-laced protein powder, of which he sold more than 600 tonnes, between July 2007 and August last year. …

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