Melamine milk

The scandal surrounding the illicit use of melamine in infant formula milk in China has come to a head this week. Hundreds of thousands of infants were poisoned by the formula milk, which was deliberately contaminated with the high-nitrogen compound melamine to spoof protein levels. At least six infants died. Compensation has now been offered to some families affected and the protagonists at the center of the controversy have been sentenced. Death sentences were served on two individuals, cattle farmer Zhang Yujun and milk trader Geng Jinping. The former boss at Sanlu, the manufacturer involved in the scandal, has been given a life sentence and a fine of almost $3 million.