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China tainted milk problem kept secret for year

• AP
Chinese authorities kept concerns about the safety of a Shanghai dairy's products secret for nearly a year before announcing last week that the company had been shut for manufacturing contaminated milk, an official said Thursday.

The delay in notifying the public about the tainted products raises questions about the effectiveness of China's efforts to restore confidence in its food industry after several safety scandals in recent years — including one involving contaminated milk — that exposed serious flaws in monitoring the nation's food supply.

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