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Milk station fails hygiene standards

A MILK collection station in southern Yinchuan City was ordered to clean up last night after failing to meet sanitary standards.

The Ministry of Agriculture and the Bureau of Agriculture, Forestry and Livestock Farming in Xixia District, Yinchuan City, in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region announced the punishment last night, Guangdong-based Yangcheng Evening News reported today.

Filthy buckets at the station were first exposed online by an Internet user who visited the milk center at the end of September.

"There are neither regular staff nor tools in the station," he wrote. "Farmers poured milk into old and dirty metal buckets without it being checked first."

Officials said yesterday the milk station was legal and supplied two local companies.

A milk quality crisis hit China last year when at least six infants died and almost 300,000 suffered kidney stones and urinary tract problems after consuming melamine-tainted formula, according to an earlier Xinhua report.


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