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Two executed for china milk scandal

China executed two men on Tuesday for their roles in a contaminated milk powder scandal last year that led to the deaths of at least six infants and sickened up to 300,000, state media said.

world Updated: Nov 25, 2009 00:58 IST

China executed two men on Tuesday for their roles in a contaminated milk powder scandal last year that led to the deaths of at least six infants and sickened up to 300,000, state media said.

Zhang Yujun and Geng Jinping had been sentenced to death earlier this year by a court in the northern city of Shijiazhuang for producing and selling toxic ingredients that ended up in the infant milk powder, Xinhua news agency said.

The scandal came to light in September 2008, reviving fears over product safety in China and leading to recalls and bans around the world of goods containing Chinese dairy products.

Xinhua said Zhang was convicted of producing more than 770 tonnes of protein powder laced with the industrial chemical melamine from July 2007 to August 2008 and selling more than 600 tonnes.