The coverage of the tainted milk scandal in China has been gradually faded away from the mass media with the bankruptcy of Sanlu company. In December 2008, the Chinese government comes up with an initial compensation plan, however, to some victims’ disappointment. And according to Hong Kong's newspapers’ report (Mingpao), some parents put forward their proposal in early January, 2009 were detained from voicing out.
Government compensation plan
Local news (via sina) reported that the total compensation amount will be around RMB 4 billion (USD 0.6 billion) shared by the government and 22 other corporates. The government's share (RMB 2.6 billion) will be allocated directly to the hospitals for paying the bill for the victims. The compensation for the death caused by melamine claim is up to RMB200,000 (USD30,000), for serious kidney disease victims, it is RMB30,000 (USD3,000). As for minor illness the victims receive RMB2,000 (USD300) subsidy. A health fund (RMB 0.2 Billion) was set up to help victims for their future hospital treatment. Some parents, especially those getting the RMB2000 offer, refused to sign the compensation agreement.
Some bloggers joined in the discussion, for example, Wuhangmin criticized:
Mu mian 7 suspected that the Chinese government is deliberately slowing down the process:
Liu Changfeng, another Chinese blogger added a legal dimension to the discussion:
Up till now, there are around 290 thousands children developed symptom related with melamine poisoning. 51.9 thousands have entered hospital and 154 of them are suffered from serious kidney disease and 11 of them have died.
Are there any news regarding the situation of Chinese dairy products?
Are they safe for consumption?
Well…there was just a report from Jiangnan Dushi Daily that a Chinese resident in Jiangxi province bought five bottles of milk on 31 Dec 2008, however, later he found that all the manufacturing date were wrongly labelled as 5 Jan 2009…more can be seen from the following link:
I believe that the General Administration of Quality Supervision by the central government had been working hard to improve the quality of dairy products after the milk scandal. But the provincial or county-level might not be keeping the same pace in the quality control…