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Scandal officials get new posts

April 10, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Two officials who were disciplined after tainted milk sickened tens of thousands of children in China have been reappointed to new posts, a state-run newspaper reported.

The contamination, revealed in September, was one of China's worst food safety scandals. Dozens of officials, dairy executives and farmers have been punished as China's embarrassed leadership tries to restore consumer confidence.

Six children died and nearly 300,000 were sickened by baby formula tainted with melamine, which can cause kidney stones and kidney failure.

According to the Beijing News, Bao Junkai, formerly a deputy department director at the state's product quality watchdog, is now the Communist Party secretary and director of an equivalent agency in Anhui province. Liu Daqun, ex-director of the agricultural department in Hebei province, where the dairy at the center of the contamination was based, is now the mayor and deputy party secretary of Xingtai, in Hebei, the paper said.

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