The number of children affected by the tainted milk powder in China has increased several times, totaling 6 thousand 244, three children were killed, said Wednesday the Associated Press reported, citing the head of the Ministry of Health of China.
158 child victims were in serious condition with acute renal failure.
All children registered kidney damage. Experts have determined that it is caused by milk powder contained in the substance melamine, which leads to the rapid growth of kidney stones.
To date for the production of the poisoned milk powder in China have arrested 19 people withdrew about 700 tons of low-quality product.
China launched a nationwide campaign on Monday to verify the manufacturers of dairy products for compliance with standards of their products and production technology. It is currently known about 20 Chinese companies that produce milk is dangerous.
September 11 the authorities of northern Chinese province of Gansu have begun investigating the cause of the death of a nursing infant kidney stone, which could be called, perhaps, the use of counterfeit milk powder. Law enforcement agencies in China suggest that fake milk sold in China under the name of "Sanlu", which is one of the main producers of this product in the country.
In the first eight months of 2008 in Gansu Province were registered 50 cases of kidney stones in young children, whereas in 2007 there was no such case.