China Recalls Baby Milk Powder After Excessive Nitrate Levels Found

, Chinese state media report China's food safety watchdog has asked three milk producers in Shaanxi province to recall infant formula powder. , Xinhua news agency said excessive nitrate levels were detected in some powdered milk samples and the products were branded as sub-standard. The quality of milk products remains a sensitive topic in China after a deadly tainted milk scandal in 2008. At least six children died and some 300,000 fell ill after consuming milk products contaminated by melamine at that time.
Imported milk became highly prized in China after the scandal .However, the mainland imposed a temporary ban on imports of milk powder from New Zealand after discoveries of deadly bacteria in some of its product. China continues to rely on New Zealand for almost all its imports of milk powder.