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9/21/2008

According to the New York Times the number of Chinese infants hospitalized after drinking tainted milk formula has grown to almost 13,000. The culprit appears to be an industrial chemical called melamine, which has been found in nearly 10 percent of milk and drinkable yogurt samples in three major Chinese dairy companies. The article included quotes from Prime Minister Wen Jiabao who promised that those responsible faced harsh punishments.

The USA Today went into more detail about the specific products affected by the contamination, including powdered milk and formula from the Shijiazhuang Sanlu Group Co. It also continued to talk about the products in other nations that were being recalled due this crisis, including Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.

Both sources talked about the theory that melamine is put in watered down milk to pass the milk off as being high in protein content. However, the USA Today also talked about the fact that melamine is the same chemical found in the contaminated pet food that killed pets all over North and South America.