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China's Premier Says Government Partly to Blame for Milk Scandal བོད་སྐད།

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao says his government is partly responsible for the tainted milk scandal that has killed four infants and sickened 53 thousand throughout the country.

In an interview in the U.S. publication "Science Magazine," Mr. Wen said the government was responsible for monitoring the industry at the core of the crisis.

He told the magazine the production of milk, and manufactured goods all need to have clear standards and testing requirements.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong's Center for Food Safety Saturday warned people to avoid Munchy's Mini Crackers which it found to contain unsafe levels of melamine.

The Malaysian company which makes the crackers -- Munchy Foods Industries -- posted a notice on its Web site saying the crackers are safe and contain no ingredients from China.

China has ordered all liquid and powdered milk made before September 14th be taken off store shelves so it can be tested for melamine.

The chemical is used primarily in plastics, fertilizers and flame retardants. Chinese authorities say it was added to milk products to make them appear richer in protein.

Melamine can cause kidney stones, and in some cases can lead to life-threatening kidney failure.