Milk poisoning triggered by personal grudges: China police

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 16:51

Beijing: State media say police suspect a couple in northwest China poisoned milk from a local farmer, causing three deaths, because of anger over business disputes.

Xinhua News Agency quotes police as saying they found nitrite was added to milk from Ma Wenxuan`s farm near the city of Pingliang in Gansu province. Nitrite is an industrial salt that can be poisonous.

Police allege a man surnamed Wu and his wife, surnamed Ma, poisoned the milk because they were angry with the farmer over unresolved business disputes.

A month-old baby and two children younger than 2 died. Another 36 people, mainly children, were sickened.

China has been plagued by a slew of food safety scandals. The government cracked down after a scandal involving the industrial chemical melamine being added to milk products.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 16:51

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