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22 Jan 2009

BBC News

Chinese milk scam duo face death

Two men have been given the death penalty for their involvement in China's contaminated milk scandal. The former boss of the Sanlu dairy at the centre of the scandal was given life imprisonment…The scandal, in which melamine was added to raw milk to make it appear higher in protein, led to the deaths of six babies and made some 300,000 ill….Sanlu itself [although bankrupt] was fined 50m yuan ($7.3m)…One other person received a suspended death sentence, two were jailed for life and six…were jailed for between five and 15 years…All together, 22 companies sold contaminated milk…Major dairy companies bought the milk from such dealers, failing to test the milk for purity and nutritional value…

Part of the following timelines

Final Declarations: Summit of the Americas, 2001 - Declaration of Quebec City

China: Two men sentenced to death over Sanlu contaminated milk scandal

Sanlu lawsuits (re tainted milk in China)