Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 9:18 AM
Sanlu, the company behind the melamine tainted milk scandal is partly owned by New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra. Yesterday Radio New Zealand reported:
An article by Jamil Anderlini and Peter Smith in The Financial Times makes the accusation more explicit, leading with this paragraph:
Can you imagine the dilemma faced by the Hebei officials who knew about the milk problems as they emerged in the run-up and during the Olympic Games? To report or deal with the problem and cause a food scandal during the Games, or to hush it up and hope for the best?
Of course, a hush up was the chosen answer.
But what of the role Fonterra played? If they knew about the problems, why didn't they do something aside from pressure the New Zealand government to talk to the Chinese government?
The Financial Times gives the answer from Fronterra's chief executive:
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