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Melamine candy 'still on market'

MELAMINE-TAINTED milk products are still plaguing northeastern China over a year after they killed at least six infants and sickened 300,000 others in the country's massive food safety scandal in 2008.

About 300 to 400 boxes of creamy candy made from expired melamine-laced milk powder left over from the scandal were still on the market in Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning provinces, according to a manager with the Fujian Nanfang Food Company surnamed Ke.

Ke said his company in Zhangzhou City, Fujian Province, had used the tainted raw material in 1,148 boxes of the candy. Over half of them were sold to the three provinces, National Business Daily reported.

He said the company was calling back all the products but those in the northeast might have already been consumed.

Nanfang Company also produces fritters, jellies and other candies.

It is not known yet whether those products were tainted too.

Guangdong-based company Zhenmei also used the same batch of raw materials in production. They said all their products had been called back and destroyed, the report said.

In the meantime, a dairy company in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region is still in production despite its products being found with high levels of melamine, according to the Ministry of Health.

The president of the Ningxia-based Tiantian Dairy Company, Guo Jianxin, insisted its products were clean. Guo said the authorities were redoing the tests on the company's products.

Three men who sold the leftover milk powder laced with melamine -- an industrial compound that can give a fake positive on protein tests -- to the two companies have been arrested by police in Shaanxi Province.

Zhang Wenxue, 49, and Zhu Shuming, 48, both managers of Shaanxi Lekang Dairy Company, were arrested on Tuesday. Police also arrested Ma Shuanglin, 47, for selling 10 tons of tainted raw materials to the Lekang Company.

A vice general manager of Lekang, Tong Tianhu, who posted bail because of a serious heart disease, faces the same charges.

Lekang sold 28 tons of the powdered milk to Zhenmei and Nanfang.


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