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Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: Fonterra

Posted by te2ataria on November 25, 2009

Co-written by a reader

Amnesty International calls on Fonterra and the New Zealand Government to condemn the  San Lu related executions

Geng Jinping and Zhang Yujun who were involved in San Lu tainted milk powder scandal were executed yesterday.

According to the official Xinhua news agency,  the two convicts were executed “for the crime of endangering public safety by dangerous means.” Together they produced and sold about 1,700 tons of melamine-laced protein powder.


[Even in their own country Chinese women and children are unprotected against pakeha malevolence.] A Chinese mother, whose baby died from drinking tainted milk, holds a sign reading “Give me back my baby” outside Shijiazhuang Intermediate People’s Court, Hebei province January 22, 2009. Families hit by China’s toxic milk scandal demanded revenge, compensation and plain answers on Thursday as they awaited the sentencing of company executives accused of wrongdoing. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA). Image may be subject to copyright.

At least 6 babies died and up to 500,000 others were sickened after drinking milk intentionally tainted with melamine. Melamine, an industrial product used  in fertilizers,  plastics, and concrete,  which can cause  kidney stones, was added  to the milk to make it appear rich in protein.

Fonterra’s three directors on the Sanlu board, Bob Major, Mark Wilson and a Chinese national, Patrick Kwok, literraly got away with mass murder.

Fonterra farmers owned 43 per cent stake in the company, having invested more than $200 million in the joint venture, which has since been declared bankrupt.

Now says Fonterra should take a stand against the executions.

Amnesty New Zealand spokesperson Margaret Taylor said: “As a New Zealand company operating in China, Fonterra has an obligation to uphold the values of New Zealand through the way it conducts itself.

“Not only must it speak out against the executions, following a scandal it was so closely associated with, but it must also use its ongoing engagement with China to work on improving human rights and particularly labour rights.”

Ms Taylor said it was important the New Zealand Government also expressed its dismay at the executions to Chinese government.

Fonterra called the milk contamination scandal “a terrible tragedy,” but did not have the courage to own up their part in the conspiracy, or even comment on the executions.

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