Chinese Tainted Milk Crisis

1311 Words6 Pages
The Chinese Tainted Milk Crisis Earlier this year, China dealt with a crisis that not only affected their country, but other countries importing Chinese products around the globe. These products contained a high level of melamine, which is used in items such as eating utensils, whiteboards, and flooring, and when ingested, it can cause the formation of kidney stones leading to kidney and organ failure. The Chinese use melamine to make baby formula and milk appear to have more protein because of its nitrogen base. The high level of melamine in Chinese baby formulas and milk have caused over 54,000 children to become sick, and has caused four deaths (Swaminathan, 2008). Baby formula is not the only product said to be contaminated; ice cream, milk, and yogurt have all proved to be at risk (Callick, 2008). Countries other than China affected include, Indonesia, Malaysia, Britain, and New Zealand (Wong, 2008). By handling the tainted milk crisis differently, the Chinese government could have saved thousands from becoming sick, could have kept the trust of their citizens, and the trust that other countries have in their products. This Crisis has caused the people of China to become nervous about the health of their babies, has caused anger towards the government and the dairy companies, and left Chinese citizens full of questions about the future health of their children affected by the tainted milk. Powdered milk is popular among Chinese mothers because the government health system tells them that their babies will grow up healthier drinking powdered milk rather than breast milk. Mothers are left confused on where to turn; if they shouldn’t feed their babies breast milk, and the powdered milk is now tainted, what do they feed their babies? (Callick, 2008). According to a CTV television report in Canada, the crisis has also caused farmers to dump their milk and they
Open Document