China reports 3rd death in tainted milk scandal

September 16, 2008 8:24:35 PM PDT
China's health minister says a third death of a baby has been reported in the country's spreading scandal over tainted milk formula, and more than 6,200 infants have become sick. Chen Zhu told a news conference Wednesday of the 6,244 babies that were sickened after being fed tainted milk powder, 158 were suffering from acute kidney failure.

He says that the third baby died in eastern Zhejiang province. The two earlier deaths had been reported in Gansu province.

China's quality watchdog says that its inspectors have found the industrial chemical melamine in milk powder made by more than 20 Chinese companies.