Milk scandal executions
China has executed two people for their roles in a tainted milk powder scandal in which at least six children died and more than 300,000 became ill. The official Xinhua News Agency said yesterday the state had executed Zhang Yujun for endangering public safety and Geng Jinping for producing and selling toxic food. The scandal shocked China last year when children were given baby formula tainted with the industrial chemical melamine, which can cause kidney stones and kidney failure. Melamine, used in the manufacture of plastics and fertiliser, was added to watered-down milk to fool inspectors testing for protein, and to boost profits.