Some 97 officials in local government and supervisory bodies are to be punished for their failure to uncover or investigate the fake baby milk scandal earlier this year, state media reported. The news follows a central government investigation into the case across 11 provinces and municipalities. The probe uncovered 49 companies producing inferior milk powder, one illegal producer and three substandard companies, reports said. No details were given on how offenders will be dealt with. At least a dozen babies died and hundreds of others suffered from malnutrition as a result of their parents feeding them the fake formula. Sold as highly nutritious baby milk, analysis found that the powder had no nutritional value.
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