Sun, August 15, 2010
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No link between milk powder and infant breast growth: ministry

2010-08-15 10:44:28 GMT2010-08-15 18:44:28 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

This photo taken on August 11, 2010 shows milk powder made by Synutra International is displayed on the shelf at a supermarket in Weifang, East China's Shandong Province. (Xinhua Photo)

BEIJING, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- A clinical investigation has found no evidence that milk powder made by a Chinese company caused three infant girls to grow breasts, China's Health Ministry announced Sunday.

At a press conference in Beijing, ministry spokesman Deng Haihua said the probe found the hormone content of the milk powder within normal standards.

Earlier this month, parents and doctors in Hubei were reported voicing fears that milk powder produced by Nasdaq-listed Synutra International had caused at least three infant girls to develop prematurely.

Deng said food safety experts led by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) tested the residue of milk powder consumed by the three infant girls, as well 42 samples of Synutra products on the market and 31 samples of dairy products from other producers.

Deng said the content of hormone additives found in the sample products were within safe limits.

Deng said doctors who examined the three infants found the cases of premature development were not serious.

Zhang Yingjiu, public relations manager of Synutra International, told Xinhua in a response to the health ministry's release of inspection results, that the company appreciated the ministry's prompt investigation and the timely news release.

The company's official website Sunday carried a public letter written by company president Zhang Liang on Aug. 12, expressing regret for the panic and the public concern over the company's products.

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