Fonteera accused of Sanlu cover-up
Convicted Sanlu boss blames Fonterra
The chairwoman of the Chinese dairy company that sold fatally contaminated infant milk formula says she acted on information supplied by Fonterra. Former Sanlu chairwoman Tian Wenhua, 66, sentenced last week to life in prison, says a Fonterra-appointed director gave her a document stating the European Union's permitted levels of the industrial chemical melamine. Fonterra chief executive Andrew Ferrier confirmed to the Herald yesterday that Tian had been given a document by a Fonterra board member. China's state news agency, Xinhua, has reported that Tian intends to appeal against her conviction for producing and selling false or substandard products. Three other company executives received 15, eight and five-year sentences respectively. Two men were sentenced to death. Xinhua said rather than stopping production of tainted products after the contamination was confirmed on August 1 last year, Sanlu decided to limit melamine levels to within 10mg for every kilogram of milk. "Tian said during her trial that she made the decision not to halt production of the tainted products because a board member, designated by New Zealand dairy product giant Fonterra that partly owned Sanlu Group, presented her a document saying a maximum of 20mg of melamine was allowed in every kg of milk in the European Union," Xinhua said. "She said she had trusted the document at that time." Mr Ferrier told the Herald a Fonterra representative had given Tian the document soon after the board was advised of the contamination on August 2.
Doesn’t this get more and more filthy, Fonteera hide the contamination during the Beijing Olympics and the story was only forced to the top when Helen Clark forced it out into the open, at no time did Fonteera take leadership on this issue and we now hear a claim that Fonteera advised Sanlu that the acceptable amount for an adult was 30mg of melamine per kilo and the actual amount found was 2563mg/kg. So Sanlu certainly followed the advice, the question was did Fonteera mean for that advice to be followed or was it given as a scramble of information once Fonteera understood the size of the issue and simply sent it as a package? There has to be an inquiry now.