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Still more children falling sick from tainted milk here in China.

 The number of children in China sickened by dairy products tainted with the banned industrial chemical melamine has jumped to nearly 53,000, the government said Sunday as it vowed to crack down on those responsible for one of China‘s worst food safety scandals in years.

Turns out–not surprising–that the market is encouraging the contamination of milk. Melamine has been added to the milk, allowing watered down milk to pass as more protein-rich than it really is. Profits increase for the sellers, who probably did not know about the dangers. I suspect the government will deal harshly with those responsible.

Is there a better way to discourage contamination of foods and other products? Aside from thorough inpection which already exists, I can not think of proper incentives other than heavy fines and punishment.


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