[QODLink]
Asia-Pacific
Chinese milk poisons Hong Kong girl
Child is the first outside Chinese mainland to be sickened by tainted formula.
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2008 16:16 GMT
Thousands of babies have fallen ill after drinking contaminated infant formula [Reuters]

A three-year-old girl in Hong Kong has developed a kidney stone after drinking Chinese infant formula, the government has said.

The child is the first outside the Chinese mainland known to be sickened by tainted milk since evidence emerged that melamine, an industrial chemical, had been added to the product.

The Hong Kong government said that its health department had "received notification from the Hospital Authority of a case of renal disease with history of consumption of a milk product adulterated with melamine".

At least four Chinese babies have died and about 13,000 are ill after drinking the milk, made by 22 different companies.

The Chinese health ministry said in a briefing on the crisis that the total number of babies admitted to hospital after drinking the poisoned formula was now 12,892, according to Xinhua news agency.

Poisoned formula

The statement from the Hong Kong government said the girl was found to have a stone in her left kidney after her parents took her to a clinic on Friday.

The child had been drinking two or three cups of poisoned formula for the past 15 months, although she had no symptoms.

Doctors referred the child to a hospital, but she was subsequently discharged and her condition is good, the statement said.

News of the sick child comes days after the Hong Kong government ordered a recall of affected brands of milk powder.

It has set up a telephone number for parents and is advising people not to consume the affected brands, but it has faced criticism for not acting quickly enough after news of the tainted formula emerged.

Melamine, a chemical normally used to make plastics, was added to milk formula in China because it raises the apparent protein content.

Several countries have suspended the import and sale of all Chinese-made milk and milk products in the wake of the scandal.

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.