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The company whose tainted baby milk has killed four children and left 53,000 sick failed to report complaints about its products for months, Chinese state media claims.


Sanlu Group, the dairy firm first found to be selling melamine-contaminated goods, began receiving complaints of sick children last December, Xinhua news agency reported, citing a cabinet probe.

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Communist officials in the north Chinese city of Shijiazhuang, where Sanlu is based, delayed referring the matter to higher authorities for more than a month after they were finally told of it in early August.

The Xinhua report appeared to be the first official admission that delays in reporting the risks were deliberate. “They violated rules on reporting major incidents involving food safety,” the agency said.

Reports of tainted milk only emerged in state-run media earlier this month. Melamine was apparently added

to watered-down milk supplies to give the appearance of higher protein levels.

This latest scandal comes as Australia's food regulator begins testing imported sweets that may contain traces of the toxic chemical – normally used in making plastics.

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand said no Chinese milk products had been imported but other food, such as lollies, needed testing. Any products found to be unsafe would be recalled.

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“The good news is that no Chinese infant formula products are imported here, nor any major mainstream milk products,” spokeswoman Lydia Buchtmann told ABC Radio.

“Now (we need) to look at some of the smaller products that may have come into smaller Asian shops such as lollies… that have a small quantity of milk product.

“We are just making sure that none of the contaminated ingredients have ended up in some of those smaller products.”

The repercussions of the milk scandal have continued to mount outside mainland China, with Hong Kong authorities reporting a second child ill with a kidney stone after drinking contaminated products.

The four-year-old boy was in a stable condition, the Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection said.

A three-year-old girl in Hong Kong who fell ill last week was the first such case outside mainland China. She is also said to be in good condition.

Meanwhile, the Philippines became the latest country to order an immediate ban on the import and sale of Chinese dairy products.

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“What we are telling parents now, especially the mothers, is to avoid buying milk with 'made in China' markings,” said Leticia Gutierrez, the head of the country's Bureau of Food and Drugs.

Bangladesh, Brunei, Burma, Burundi, Japan, Gabon, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Tanzania and Vietnam have all either barred Chinese milk products or taken some other form of action to curb consumption.

The scandal claimed its biggest political scalp so far on Monday with the resignation of China's product-safety watchdog chief, Li Changjiang.

Mr Li had overseen the ministry-level agency in charge of product quality amid a wave of scares that have tarnished China's manufacturing reputation.

Also sacked was Wu Xianguo, the top Communist official of Shijiazhuang. The city's mayor and several other government officials had been fired earlier.

Eighteen people have been arrested so far in the case, including the sacked head of Sanlu Group, and dozens have been detained for questioning, according to state media.

China has been hit by a wave of embarrassing scandals in recent years over dangerous products including food, drugs and toys, spoiling its manufacturing reputation.

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