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TWO officials who were disciplined in a tainted milk scandal that sickened tens of thousands of children have been reappointed to new posts, The Beijing News reported yesterday.

The crisis, which unfolded in September, was one of China's worst food safety scandals. Dozens of officials, dairy executives and farmers have been punished.

According to the report, Bao Junkai, former deputy department director at the state's quality watchdog, is now the Communist Party secretary and director of an equivalent agency in Anhui Province.

Liu Daqun, former director of the agricultural department in Hebei Province, where the dairy at the center of the contamination was based, is now the mayor and deputy Party secretary of Xingtai, a city in Hebei, the newspaper said.

Authorities have said both made "mistakes" and bore responsibility in the scandal, but no specifics of their wrongdoing or punishments were released.

Bao and Liu have in the past few months quietly assumed their new positions, which represent lateral career moves.

The Ministry of Supervision, which oversees official discipline, said last month that eight state-level officials have been punished because of the milk scandal. In Hebei, home of the now-defunct Sanlu Group Co dairy, whose products contained the highest levels of melamine, at least 24 officials have been disciplined, authorities said.


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