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Nine arrested for fake baby formula scandal in China

At least nine people were arrested by the Chinese authorities in a recent milk powder scandal, which involved selling and production of fake baby formula under ‘Similac’ and ‘Beingmate’ brands.

china-milk-scandalChina’s Food Safety Commission under the State Council yesterday said that that Shanghai Police had transferred the arrested six to judicial organs for prosecution and was hunting for another suspect, reports Xinhua.

The probe was initiated by the Shanghai Police after it received reports in September.

The police have arrested nine suspects and seized about 1,000 cans of milk powder, over 20,000 empty cans and 65,000 fake

‘Similac’ trademarks since December 9, 2015 to January 7, 2016.

The fake products had been sold into four provinces, including Henan, Anhui, Jiangsu and Hubei, according to deputy director of the Shanghai food safety office, Yan Zuqiang.

Food safety standard in the country became a sensitive issue after customers trust in baby formula products eroded following the 2008 case in which six infants died for consuming baby milk tainted by melamine.

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