2020/05/16

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Infants heads deformed in Hunan after being raised on fake milk


A store selling baby products in Hunan province is now under investigation after at least five local infants developed swollen heads and other medical issues.
The store, named Love Babys Workshop and located in Hunans Yongxing county, had been selling a powdered protein drink known as Bei An Min to parents of babies with milk protein allergies.
Sales assistants at the shop reportedly assured parents that the protein drink was a safe and suitable substitute for infant formula it also happened to cost considerably more than standard milk powder.
However, five infants who were put on the protein powder have all since developed medical problems including rickets, eczema, weight loss, severe vitamin D deficiency, and a skull deformity which has seen their heads swell to an abnormally large size, according to a report from Hunan TV.

The maker of Bei An Min, a company called Hunan Waverock Health Industry, has disavowed responsibility for the situation, explaining that its product met national quality standards and was clearly marked as a protein drink.
Responsibility for the false advertisement has then fallen to Love Babys Workshop, which has removed the protein powder from its shelves.
The store manager reportedly even told parents that she couldnt remember selling the product.
In fact, the store has been found to have bought 47 tins of the protein drink from Hunan Waverock and sold them all by October of last year.

Parents say that the store marked the protein drink to them as milk powder. Some of the infants had been taking Bei An Min for two years before they found out the truth.


One parent said that after six months of taking the drink, her child had stopped growing and still couldnt walk at 18 months old.

The story has become one of the hottest topics in China this week and local officials are carrying out investigations.

Nothing quite alarms the Chinese public quite like a milk powder scandal.
Most infamously, six babies died and hundreds of thousands fill ill in China in 2018 from drinking a Chinese infant formula brand that was found to be contaminated with melamine.


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