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Latest-tested Baby Formula Milk, Other Milk Powder Safe

The latest test found that Chinese baby formula milk and other milk powder products met the new temporary restrictions on melamine, the country's top quality control agency said on Sunday.

It was the eleventh test on the industrial chemical following the tainted baby formula scandal that killed at least three infants and sickened more than 50,000 others, according to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).

The latest test covered 101 batches of baby formula milk powder from 13 brands in seven major cities nationwide, and 46 batches of other milk powder products from 18 brands in nine cities, the agency said.

At present, 1,208 batches of baby formula from 69 brands and 1,630 batches of other milk powder from 170 brands produced after September 14 were tested and all were in line with the limit, it added.

Melamine, often used in the manufacturing of plastics, was added to sub-standard or diluted milk to make the protein levels appear higher.

China set temporary limits on melamine content in dairy products earlier this month. The limits were a maximum of 1 mg of melamine per kg of infant formula and a maximum 2.5 mg per kg for liquid milk, milk powder and food products containing at least 15 percent milk.

(Xinhua News Agency October 27, 2008)

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