September 19, 2008 / 1:52 PM / 11 years ago

S'pore bans import of all milk and dairy from China

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore said on Friday has banned the import and sale of all milk and dairy products from China with immediate effect after tests found melamine contamination in two brands of China-made milk products.

“As a precautionary measure, AVA is also suspending the import and sale of all milk and milk products from China with immediate effect,” said Singapore’s Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) in a statement.

In China, 6,244 children have become ill, with four dead and 158 suffering “acute kidney failure” after consuming milk powder tainted with melamine, a banned chemical used in making plastics.

(Reporting by Melanie Lee)

melaniest.lee@thomsonreuters.com; +65 6403 5666; Reuters Messaging: melaniest.lee.reuters.com@reuters.net

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