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Another Tainted Milk Scandal in China- Babies Grow Breasts- WTF is Wrong with China?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 8, 2010

The excerpt below is from the China daily and is disturbing. Apparently another compnay in China (Syrutra) is monkeying with babies milk formula as 5 infant girls are growing breasts and have a hormone level equivalent to that of a grown woman. The Chinese have no oversight on anyting, from laws to products and this is what happens.
Living here is like being in a Soap Opera, but the pain is real and not acted out.

“BEIJING – After three female infants in Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei province, underwent abnormal sexual development, their parents blamed the manufacturer of the milk powder they had been using, while experts traced the source even further back in the food chain. In early July, the worried parents took their children to local hospitals for physical examinations, which showed that the babies’ breasts were developing, the Beijing-based Health Times reported on Friday.

Medical tests revealed the hormones estradiol and prolactin in the babies exceeded those of the average adult woman. The babies, who range in age from four months to 15 months, had been fed the same batch of infant formula produced by Syrutra, a Qingdao-based company, according to the report.

“The high amount of hormones in the babies definitely means there is a problem. The parents should stop using the formula to feed their children and the powder should be analyzed,” Yang Qin, chief physician at the child health care department of Hubei Maternal and Child Health Hospital, was quoted as saying in the report.

When one parent requested that the formula be tested, the local administration of quality supervision, inspection and quarantine refused on the grounds that it only conducts tests for organizations, not individuals.

Meanwhile, hospitals, usually do not have the facilities or trained staff to perform such tests, according to the report.w

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