Daily Outrage: Officials investigated contaminated dairy for 11 months before alerting public 

WHERE: Shanghai Panda Dairy Co.

WHAT: Apparently learning nothing from the 2008 tainted milk scandal in which six children died and more than 300,000 fell sick — which was concealed until after the Beijing Olympics — Chinese inspectors secretly started investigating new contamination at Shanghai Panda last February and covered it up until a vague announcement New Year’s Eve, when the dairy company was shut down. As yet, nobody is admitting how many people might have gotten sick from the tainted milk products.

WHY: Chinese officials have a long record of cover-ups because they are afraid of being punished.

WHAT’S BEING DONE: The government supposedly seized all tainted products sometime before April, when it detained three dairy executives for selling milk powder and condensed milk containing the industrial chemical melamine, which can cause kidney stones and kidney failure — the same chemical from the 2008 scandal, when Shanghai Panda was also shut down.

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