HK boy sick after drinking tainted milk
10/15/2008 | 08:26 PM
HONG KONG – Hong Kong has found an eighth child with kidney stones after drinking Chinese-made milk contaminated with an industrial chemical, the government said Wednesday.
The 8-year-old boy was hospitalized after being diagnosed with a stone in his right kidney, the Department of Health said in a statement.
He has blood in his urine but did not show symptoms of renal problems, government spokesman Lam Tsz-wai said.
The Hong Kong boy has been drinking three packs of pure milk produced by Chinese dairy Yili Industrial Group Co. each week since 2003, Lam said.
Yili products were earlier confirmed to contain melamine, which was used to make plastics and fertilizers.
Baby formula contaminated with melamine has been blamed for causing the deaths of four infants and sickening about 54,000 other children in mainland China. More than 10,000 children remained hospitalized.
Various Chinese-made milk and dairy products have been found to contain melamine. Authorities say Chinese suppliers might have added the chemical, which is rich in nitrogen, to watered-down milk to deceive quality tests for protein.