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22 arrested for making melamine-tainted milk in China

In the latest development in connection with the tainted milk scandal in China, police have arrested 22 persons accused of being involved in a network that manufactured and sold melamine and tainted milk with the chemical.

Among the detained, 19 persons were managers of 17 pastures, breeding farms, and milk-purchasing stations.

The arrests were made during a raid conducted by a team of investigators on 41 pastures, farms, and milk purchasing stations in Shijiazhuang City, the capital of north China's Hebei Province. Also, 222.5 kg of melamine was seized in the raid, China's state-run news agency Xinhua reported.

The investigation showed melamine was produced in underground plants and sold to breeding farms and milk purchasing stations.

Authorities said milk suppliers might have added melamine to diluted milk to distort quality tests because the chemical registers as protein.

The raid follows Cadbury's recalling of its Chinese-made products after tests "cast doubt" on their safety.

The British-based multi-national chocolate-manufacturing company said 11 products made at its factory in Beijing meant for distribution in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Australia were being withdrawn.

Li Changjiang, the head of China's product-quality agency, resigned last Monday accepting moral responsibility for allowing the toxic milk to be circulated in China, the consumption of which killed four children and sickened nearly 53,000 others.

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