China’s Toxic Milk Whistleblower Murdered
The man who first alerted authorities to what would become the melamine-tainted milk scandal has been murdered. Jiang Weisuo, 44, was attacked by unidentified men in Xi’an city two weeks ago. On Friday, he passed away from his wounds.
Authorities have said they have one suspect in custody, but have released no other information. Calls from NTD were diverted.
[Someone from Yanta Branch of Xi’an Public Security Bureau]:
“We can’t accept interviews, it’s impossible to disclose any specific information.”
Jiang was an operator of a dairy company in Shaanxi province. In 2006 he reported that local dairy companies were putting dangerous chemicals in their milk products. He was ignored until 2008, when it came clear that at least six babies had died and 290,000 others suffered kidney damage from melamine-tainted milk powder.