Monday, September 29, 2008

Melamine in Milk Originally Imported from New Zealand

The whole tainted infant milk ordeal saw a sharp U-turn when it was discovered that ingredients imported from New Zealand had been mixed with melamine already. It has been confirmed by test of samples both in China, and those in New Zealand that 'lactoferrin', a key ingredient in infant formula produced in New Zealand, had been mixed with melamine.

New Zealand is the largest dairy producing country with most number of cows in the world, and manufactures around the world use lactoferrin produced in New Zealand to process infant formula. The suspected source was traced back to a company named Tatua. Tatua is one of the largest company of its kind. Retrospectively thinking, it's reasonable that among all the Chinese powder milk that had been found to be tainted by melamine, Sanlu, which New Zealand dairy producer Fonterra holds 43% share, is the worst.

It's such a shame that China did not test import dairy product carefully. As of today, it was reported melamine had caused at least 4 infant death, and tens of thousands babies hospitalized.

The New Zealand Food Safety Authority released a statement on September 24, 2008 that the level of melamine found in New Zealand product was low, probably came as "an unintended outcome of the manufacturing process".

Tatua's CEO Paul McGilvary said Tatua had voluntarily suspended its production, although he insisted that melamine found in lactoferrin produced by the New Zealand dairy producer was not a health risk to human. Tatua's board is to meet on September 30, 2008 to discuss the melamine issue.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Japanese Volunteers Helped Earthquake Rebuild

Japanese volunteers helped Sichuan Earthquake rebuild. September 11, 2008, another temporary elementary school welcomed new semester. Unlike hundreds of mass production temporary schools set up in the quake area, this one will be remembered as a master piece in architecture history.

The Chengdu Hualin Elementary School is designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban with 'paper tube' technology. The main structure is made of mass products of recyclable materials paper tube, wooden joint and steel cables. The design features excellent ventilation and temperature control in the area known for hot and high humidity. Construction materials are easy to build and will be easy to recycle or reuse.

The project is a collaborative effort among Chinese and Japanese volunteers. Thank you Japan.

Dead Horses Galloping

With the endless media attention on the poisonous powder milk incident, you would thought one more attempt to blame the government to be beating a dead horse. After all, even according to official figures, thousands of infants had been hospitalized, with hundreds of kidney failures and the death toll had been keep mounting. You know what? This magic world is full of surprise. Do you see that dead horse galloping?

1) The central Communism government told its citizen low doze of melamine is safe, citing US FDA research;
2) Local government issued an order that the Sanlu Dairy stopped reimbursing examination fees for infants who had drank Sanlu infant formula;
3) The Health Ministry, whose top official Mr. Gao Qiang had been named to lead the national task force in handling the poisonous powder milk scandal, issued an order that infants with kidney stones smaller than 4mm should not receive medical assistance.

The Prime Minister Mr. Wen Jiabao is coming to New York City to address the U.N. How shall we show our appreciation to Mr. Premier?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Pretty Woman, Walkin' Down the Street

38 years old pretty woman Xie Jingling fell victim of her blog writing hobby, where she posted in detail, without details of specific encounters though, her sexual relationships with other males. In one incident, she was the only female director on a five person board, and with each of the four male directors aged 28 to 58 on the board, she had a romantic history.

People expect, and understand, pretty women have privileges. Ordinary people have only rare opportunities to appreciate beauties from a distance, but Jingling's blog gives them a chance to peek and wow. Curious readers also learned about her sexual life with her husband, which was 'always the best' as she noted one morning. She wrote about 'trivial stuff', such as taking classes, work, family, Mom, and her 3 years old baby. She wrote about her disappointment of her meeting with her college sweetheart in Canada, and pregnancy of her husband's ex-girlfriend. She wrote about her lovers, her lovers' lovers. Her stories scatter around places in China, Canada and the US, in cars, parks, hotels. At the same time, she is a young, nonetheless senior official overseeing a industrial park of national significance.

It's just fascinating to learn what a colorful life a (Chinese) pretty woman enjoys. I would certainly vote for her if whoever next 'core' picked her up as his running-mate.

Pretty woman walkin down the street
Pretty woman, the kind I like to meet
Pretty woman, I dont believe you
Youre not the truth
No one could look as good as you

Pretty woman, wont you pardon me
Pretty woman, I couldnt help but see
Pretty woman, and you look lovely as can be
Are you lonely just like me

Pretty woman, stop a while
Pretty woman, talk a while
Pretty woman, give your smile to me
Pretty woman, yeah, yeah, yeah
Pretty woman, look my way
Pretty woman, say youll stay with me

Cause I need you
Ill treat you right
Come with me baby
Be mine tonight

Pretty woman, dont walk on by
Pretty woman, dont make me cry
Pretty woman, dont walk away

If thats the way it must be, ok
I guess Ill go on home, its late
Therell be tomorrow night

But wait, what do I see?
Is she walking back to me?
Yeah, shes walking back to me
Pretty woman

Monday, September 15, 2008

Reporter Arrested in Malaysia

A Malaysia reporter was arrested on Sept 12, 2008. Tan Hoon Cheng is a reporter of Sin Chew Daily. She reported on an official's racial remarks, and was arrested under 'the Internal Security Act (ISA)'. A popular blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin was also arrested the same day citing the ISA for being a threat to security, peace and public order. Three newspapers received 'show cause letters' issued by the Home Ministry.

A Muslim senior government official, Bukit Bendera MP Ahmad Ismail proclaimed Chinese in Malaysia were squatters. The remarks were made frequently in his recent election campaigns. After the news coverage, the ruling party Ahmad belongs suspended his membership.

ISA is a form of martial law, where police does not disclose the cause of the arrest, and a court warrant is not needed. A comparable incident in the US would be the reporter who broke out the story of Rev. Wright saying 'God Damn America' in font of Sunday morning crowd to be detailed by the FBI on terrorism charges, and then sent to a undisclosed location in Poland by CIA.

A Timeline of the Sanlu Milk Case

DateProgressSource of Information
9/16/2008Another infant was confirmed died from using Fonterra Sanlu powder milkFonterra
9/15/2008Melamine was detected from products of Haoniu Dairy of Gansu Pronvince. Haoniu is a partner of Fonterra Sanlu, and follow Fonterra Sanlu production guidelineXinhua News
9/15/2008Fonterra's CEO Andrew Ferrier refused to take responsibility for not having gone public six weeks earlier when he first learned of the crisisAndrew Ferrier
9/14/2008Reporting and Discussion of the case was banned by The Propaganda Department of the CCP, except that by the official Xinhua News AgencyInternet Cache
9/13/2008 hundreds of thousands little kids flooded hospitals around the country to do ultrasound scan, which revealed 20-30% had developed varies stages kidney stones.Jinling Evening Daily, Dr. Feng's Blog
9/13/2008 Health Minister Gao Qiang held press conference, and denied any government awareness of the case before 9/8/2008Health Minister Gao Qiang
9/12/2008Evening: Health Ministry notified WHO, and launched Public Recall, 700 tons could not be tracedNews Report
9/12/2008Morning: 800 police stormed 41 dairy farms. 78 farmers were questioned and 19 were arrested for allegedly mixing melamine into milkNews Report
9/11/2008A Gansu newspaper named Sanlu in connection with infant kidney failuresNes Report
9/10/2008Professor Sun Xizhao of Nanjing University wrote to newspaper questioned an Unnamed Milk Powder caused infant kidney failure. The same day Sanlu denied any knowledge of itNews Report, Sanlu website
9/9/2008Health Ministry ordered recallHealth Ministry Gao Qiang
9/9/2008Baidu refused to honor the 'protection status' agreement when requested by SanluBaidu
9/8/2008 Prime Minister Helen Clark met with cabinet regarding the situation and ordered Fonterra to notify BeijingHelen Clark
9/8/2008 Sanlu submit a written report to Hebei Province, Health Minister Gao Qiang claimed that this was the first time Sanlu notified government officials of any levelHealth Minister Gao Qiang
9/5/2008 New Zealand Prime Minister was informed of the situation Prime Minister Helen Clark
8/27/2008Dr. Zhang Wen of Huazhong University of Science and Technology told news media that Sanlu infant formula had caused many infants kidney failures in the past year. This was the first time a medical doctor named Sanlu to the news media, although many had been discussing this privatelyNews Report
8/17/2008National top food safety agency AQSIG visited Sanlu but didn't make any decisionNews Report
8/14/2008New Zealand Embassy in Beijing was informed of the crisisHelen Clark
8/11/2008A memo from Sanlu's PR Consulting Firm Beijing Lantaotonglue noted numerious negative reference of Sanlu with connection to infants kidney failures. The memo laid out three strategies in handling the crisis, including purchasing a 'protection status' from the largest Chinese language search engine Baidu at the price of RMB Yuan 300 millionFAX from Lantaotonglue
8/6/2008Sanlu coordinates mass medical assistance for infant victimsSanlu, News Report
8/5/2008Sanlu's dairy product produced after 8/5/2008 are free of melamineTian Wenhua, Chairwoman of Sanlu
8/4/2008Sanlu stopped 2,000 tons of powder milk from entering market, and secretly withdrew 8080 tons of powder milk contaminated with Melamine through the Health MinistryTian Wenhua, Chairwoman of Sanlu
8/3/2008Sanlu alerted the situation to the City of Shijiangzhuang, Hebei Province and Health MinistryTian Wenhua, Chairwoman of Sanlu
8/2/2008Fonterra learnt of the situationFonterra
8/1/2008Melamine was detected and documentedSanlu, Tian Wenhua, Sun Dongdong, Professor of Beijing University and expert of the Health Ministry
7/23/2008Hunan TV Metropolitan Channel reported a sudden alarming rise in infant kidney stones cases. In one hospital received 16 infants with severe kidney stones. The TV program revealed all victims used the same brand of milk. Packages of canned and bagged powder milk was shown on the TV, but did not explicitly name SanluHunan TV
7/1/2008Sanlu launched investigation into infants kidney failures after drinking Sanlu infant formulaTian Wenhua
2/2/2008A Zhejiang consumer contacted Sanlu, and a range of local authorities after Sanlu powder milk made his daughter difficulty to pee. Later, without knowing the extend and seriousness of the issue, the consumer accepted an exchange of 4 boxes of Sanlu powder milk. He posted his story on a popular Internet community Tianya. This is the first documented exposure of this scandal.Internet Cache, Wu Yuanping (the consumer)
3/1/2008Reports of mass infant kidney failure started arriving Sanlu, Sanlu asked government agency's help to test dairy products which all appeared to be acceptableSanlu
3/1/2008Several Inquiries, including one made by a known kidney surgeon, was made to the top food safety agency AQSIQ. These complaints had been deleted from AQSIQ website, but still available from Google cacheInternet Cache and Dr. Feng Dongchuan's Blog
3/1/2008Hospitals around the country noticed a sharpen increase of infant kidney failure cases, many alerted the manufacture as well as local safety agenciesSanlu
1/8/2008Sanlu infant formula received the National Award of Science and Technology Progress, and became the only dairy product ever to receive this top national science and technology awardNews Report
9/2/2007The Propaganda Arm of CCP, the CCTV hailed Sanlu the top quality dairy product in its weekly 'Quality of Made-in-China' Special ProgramCCTV, YouTube
7/10/2007The Director of China FDA (State Food and Drug Administration, SDA) Mr. Zheng Xiaoyu was executed for oversight of the pet food that poisoned American catspublic record
5/8/2007In the aftermath of the US FDA findings, AQSIQ examined 399 samples of export food products and 800 domestic food products, and failed to find any trace of melamine. AQSIQ hail the result a testimony of excellent food quality in China.AQSIQ
4/20/2007AQSIQ ordered all food export must go through melamine testsAQSIQ
3/30/2007US FDA declared Melamine was detected in pet food imported from China. Hundreds of cats and little dogs became sick or dead after eating import pet Report
11/25/2005New Zealand based Fonterra Acquired 43% of Sanlu, Fonterra has 3 representations on Sanlu's 7 persons boardPublic Record, Fonterra
7/5/2005900 packages of Sanlu yoghurt were confiscated by Tianjin authorities for post-dating production dateNews Report
6/1/2004Sanlu was named in a 'Big Head Baby' scandal of producing low cost powder milk with zero nutritional value and caused 13 babies' death. After an aggressive emergency campaign, Health Minister Gao Qiang arranged to have Sanlu removed from the blacklist.News Report

Sunday, September 14, 2008

In the News, How Bad Is It?

How bad is the Sanlu case? According to the Chinese government, more than 500 children were hospitalized and 1 died. However, these figures were an incomplete assembly of cases known before the government make the case public. It is not even "the tip of the iceberg".

After learned the news from TV, nervous parents flooded hospitals across the country. After all, Sanlu had been the No. 1 powder milk manufacture for 11 consecutive years. According to the Xinhua News, in the day of Sept 13, 2008 at one hospital where a reporter monitored, ultrasound scan revealed that out of 140 kids examined, 40 had already developed crystals or stones, several were hospitalized. All these kids were sent to the hospital by their nervous parents only because they had been drinking this brand of milk, but none of them had shown any visible symptoms yet.

From English News, New Zealand Fonterra, the co-owner of the Sanlu admitted that they had learned of the situation as early as August 2, 2008. Fonterra said they recommended to recall all contained products. However, Fonterra did not reveal this information to the public before it was reported by Chinese media on September 12, 2008.

The original report:


  金陵晚报 2008-09-14 15:57:29

新华报业网讯 “我们没事了!”昨日,南京市儿童医院三鹿奶粉专病门诊内,听医生说宝宝没事时,七尺男儿朱先生抱着宝宝连蹦带跳。
  和朱先生一样焦虑的家长不在少数,南京市儿童医院因此特别开设三鹿奶粉专病门诊,昨日一天,这个门诊接诊的孩子超过100个,让人庆幸的是,这其中 70%至80%的孩子都正常,还有20%左右的孩子B超检查显示肾脏里已经出现小的结晶甚至结石,这其中有几个比较严重,昨日直接收治入院。
  截至昨天下午5点,前往儿童医院就诊的孩子已超过100名,加上前天下午的数字,共有140多名吃三鹿奶粉的孩子前来检查。据悉,这其中有40名孩子被查出有小结晶或结石,绝大部分的孩子都正常。“完全可以放心回家”,张爱华说。 作者:陈艳萍

Friday, September 12, 2008

Sanlu, Baidu, and That Damned Olympic

An internal FAX surfaced today revealed more about the behind the curtain operations of the Sanlu (Triple Deer) powdered milk scandal.

The letter recommended three parallel strategies: 1) Silencing victims; 2) Buying out our the official search engine in China, Baidu; 3) citing national standard.

Company who pays RMB 5 million ($750k) in advertising enjoys a 'PR protection' status from Baidu. Baidu will delete any negative reference. The consulting company has managed to negotiated a deal that Sanlu only needs to pay RMB 3 million to qualify the status. Sanlu has paid RMB 1.8 million at the time of the letter (August 11, 2008), and the letter recommend Sanlu pay the rest ASAP to seal the deal.

The letter also revealed that adding melamine is also a common practice in China powder milk industry. The third strategy dictates Sanlu will threat to disclose this 'secret' to secure help from national producers association.

So what does this has anything to do with the Olympic? According to Xinhua News, as early as in March, the producer has been notified by hospitals across the nation of unusual number of infant kidney stones cases after using the Sanlu infant formula. As early as June, the top product quality agency in China, the general administraion of quality supervision, inspection and quarantine of the people's republic of china (AQSIQ), had already handled the case. Although the original web page was no longer accessible, a Internet cache showed the answering of an inquiry No: 20080630-1622-25262. Because of the damned Olympic, hundreds of thousands of Chinese infants had to keep drinking poisonous milk for another 3 months.

Actually, this was not the first crisis of the Sanlu powder milk. Four years ago, in the Anhui 'Big Head Babies' case, among 41 other low price powder milk brands, Sanlu powder milk was tested to be of zero nutritious value, made of all with chemicals and nothing from a cow. Through a successful 'PR campaign', Sanlu was removed from the list, and the AQSIQ endorsed the campaign.

Sanlu is the largest powder milk producer in China, and second largest yoghurt producer and third largest liquid milk producer. In January 2008, Sunlu infant formula received the highest possible national technology award, the National Science and Technology Progress Award (2nd tier) for the successful mixing of melamine into diary products without hurting taste and safety. This is the only National Science and Technology Award ever been awarded to a diary related research in 20 years since the top national award was established.

Upon the public outcry, the company stopped selling of 10,386 tons of milk in its factory and warehouses, and recalled 700 tons that were already on the market. It showed 5-6% of melamine is the test samples. It is estimated that as many as 700 tons melamine had been added to its power milk products in the six months between January and June of 2008.

Sanlu was acquired by the New Zealand based Fonterra in December 2005. Fonterra acknowledge the issue, but stressed that the milk was only in markets in mainland China and the Taiwan area.

The following is a complaint filed by a consumer whose daughter was an victim of the Sanlu milk. Many baby died after drinking the Sanlu milk mixed with melamine. A search of the Internet finds hundreds of such complaints, but all the communism government had been doing was to silence the consumer, in part in name of the damned Olympic!

投诉地址:泰顺县 [/]

  事情是这样的。我全家(包括岳父岳母)都有吃奶粉的习惯。自2007年11月份开始,我在县城某超市陆续购得一批“三鹿”牌子的奶粉。经食用,首先发现生产日期及批号为2007/12/19 D 01 08的儿童高钙配方奶粉有如下现象:女儿晚睡前食用,次日晨起第一注小便排出,粘稠、呈淡黄色米汤状,还有细小颗粒沉淀,并偶有腹泻;停用即清,再食用又浊。再闻冲开之后的奶粉气味,似香不香;入口感觉淡涩、且有粉渣感。


  我于2008年2 月25日,向河北石家庄三鹿集团股份有限公司寄出儿童高钙配方奶粉(生产日期及批号:2007/12/19 D 01 08)、中老年高钙配方奶粉(生产日期及批号:2007/12/29 D 02 37)各一包。
















On May 20, 2008, the same person post a message on the popular community site Tianya of the same story. On June 6, 2008, he asked the discussion board mater to delete his post:

作者:789oo88oo88 提交日期:2008-6-6 9:58:00

When pressed by peer netizens after the scandal broke out, he posted again on Sept 12, 2008:

作者:789oo88oo88 回复日期:2008-9-12 20:19:13 


Nutritious Baby Milk

"So many 'N's in this diagram!" That is right, chemical melamine (also known as tripolycyanamide) has a lot of Nitrogen, actually 66% in its mass. That's why it is widely used in pet food produced in China, which killed quite several US cats and dogs last year. Melamine itself does not supply any nutrition, because it is insoluble and can not be used by animals. However, since food monitoring agencies use the percentage of Nitrogen contained in pet food to measure its nutrition level, Melamine is a popular added-on in the Chinese food industry. The ordeal ended with the execution of China's top food safety official Mr. Zheng Xiaoyu. Use of melamine is subsequently banned in the process of making pet food. Soon, innovative manufactures found new applications, in infant formula milk. With the 66% Nitrogen melamine, the baby milk tastes extremely nutritious. The only problem, though, is that it is insoluble.

It was reported today that unknown, but large number of infants were hospitalized for kidney stones. Because of the food structure of an infant, it's very rare to find kidney stones developed in this stage of life. Upon further study, all infants suffered from the disease had taken formula milk produced by a Hebei company, the Sanlu (Triple Deer) Diary Group in Shijiazhuang. The company recalled 700 tons of powdered milk that contains 5-6% of Melamine. Sanlu is one of the largest diary suppliers in the nation, with annual sells of $18 Billion. Sanlu is also the supplier of the China's ambitious space program.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Jews Love Chinese So Much

Jews love China so much as they love dog shits, as the only Israeli Olympic medalist described to a Jewish newspaper Yediot Ahronot Daily during an interview on Friday Sept 5, 2008 after returning from Beijing.

Israeli windsurfing bronze medalist Shahar Zubari told the Jewish newspaper that Chinese are "dog shits". He said "After a month and a half I couldn't look at Chinese people any more," and that "their traditions are bizarre and even their speech is weird," he said, adding, "I also don't like their food."

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called Zubari to congratulate his courage, and said his comment 'brings tears of joy to Israel."

The Chinese embassy in Tel Aviv holds an reception to honor the Israeli Olympic Team as planned. They had no comment on the incident, when approached by reporters. The ambassador Zhao Jun, however, assured concerned Chinese readers that he had received a letter from the Israeli Sport and Culture Minister Galeb Majadle, saying that the Minister enjoyed his stay in Beijing during the Olympic Games.

Shahar Subari is born a Jew, and a member of the Israeli Army (IDF). His Olympic trip is sponsored by the IDF. Yediot Ahronot Daily enjoys a legal monopoly status as the dominant Hebrew newspaper in Israel with more than 50% market share.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Mainland Chinese Sex-ratio Map

Darker bloody color represents higher boy-to-girl ratios. As shown in the graph, economic developed regions such as Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai are seen with more 'reasonable' ratio, and so are ethnics areas where people could legally have more than 1 kid. In comparison, poverty provinces such as Henan Province and sweat factory hosts such as Shenzhen of Guangdong Province are saturated with baby girls' blood.

The study is to be appeared in Nature.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Microsoft China Admitted Making Strike, Regrettably

Microsoft China admitted the behind curtain role in a legal action against software piracy. The Microsoft China chief director of intellectual protection Wu Haitao told media that Microsoft initialized the action which resulted an influential piracy software site, the Tomato Gardens, taken down by Chinese government, its operator arrested. However, Wu assured the media that Microsoft would not take action against individual personal users. Vice general manager of the Microsoft Greater China, Liu Fengming said Microsoft China foresaw a potential backfire from individual users, but didn't expected it to be as bad. Microsoft did not make the move, but rather hired an IP firm which allied several third party software vendor to fire the lawsuit. Nevertheless, the management at Microsoft China found sitting on a burning cushion with all the fingers pointed to Microsoft.

According to a survey conducted by a Chinese portal site, among 100,000 participated, only 5% back Microsoft's anti-piracy effort, while over 80% support the piracy site operator. Liu told the media that Microsoft had long been adopting a 'Three E' doctrine, that is 'Eduction, Engineering, and Enforcement' in China. Liu said Microsoft believe in a 'moderate' approach in intellectual protection. The main controversy surrounding this particular case is the site is individual oriented. So far, Microsoft's anti-piracy actions in China had been mostly targeting government and business clients.

Although government and business clients in China are buying more and more copies of Windows and Office Suites from the company, with China's average income level, it is obvious that the only possible way most individual person would be able to afford a computer at home would be running on a low cost operating system. So far, Microsoft has been maintaining a commending lead in the software market in China by allowing piracy as long as it is for personal use. If the ordinary users sense a tightening control of copy-right enforcement, they may switch to alternative low cost solutions, such as Linux, which Microsoft will be hate to see. Once individual users get used to using Linux at home, they may start trying out Linux at work, and that will be the end of game for the software giant.