China Contaminated Milk Scandal Widens
The contaminated baby milk scandal in China has widened, with a third infant having died from the milk, which was treated with a lethal chemical to make it pass health inspections. Several dairy farmers and processors have been arrested, and they could face the death penalty.
A third infant has died in China from contaminated milk and more than 6,000 made sick. The scandal has forced nationwide recalls of milk products by China's top dairy producers, including some exported to five countries. Daniel Schearf reports from Beijing.
China's Health Minister Chen Zhu on Wednesday said there are now 6,244 reported cases of infants made sick and, among those, three have died from drinking tainted milk formula.
Speaking at a news briefing broadcast live on national television, he said the numbers could go up as more parents take their children to hospitals.