Two suspect Chinese firms sent milk powder to Bangladesh, Myanmar

Beijing - Two Chinese firms where tests found tainted milk products had exported baby formula milk powder to five countries including Bangladesh and Myanmar, the government said on Wednesday.

The Suokang and Yashili companies had started to recall their exported milk powder products, which were also sent to Yemen, Burundi and Gabon, said Li Changjiang, the head of the State Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).

An earlier report said no melamine was found after experts tested samples of Yashili's milk powder earmarked for export.

Suokang was based in the eastern city of Qingdao and Yashili in the southern province of Guangdong, Li told reporters.

Both firms were among the 22 companies where the ministry found 69 batches of milk powder tainted with melamine, he said.

Three babies have died, 158 children have developed "serious kidney problems" and 6,244 infants have been sickened by baby formula contaminated with melamine, health officials said on Wednesday.

Police in the northern province of Hebei have charged four people in connection with the largest case of melamine contamination and detained 22 others, state media said. (dpa)