Chinese Dairy Involved in Tainted Milk Scandal Bankrupt བོད་སྐད།

The Chinese dairy company at the heart of last year's tainted milk scandal has been formally declared bankrupt.

China's official Xinhua news agency says a court in northern Hebei province's Shijiazhuang city accepted a petition filed by Sanlu Group in December.

Sanlu was the first of 22 dairies revealed to have sold milk and milk products laced with the industrial chemical melamine, which was used to artificially boost the products' protein levels. The tainted products sickened almost 300,000 children and killed six infants.

The former head of Sanlu Group, Tian Wenhua, was sentenced to life in prison last month in connection with the scandal. Six other Sanlu executives were sentenced from five to 15 years in prison over the scandal.

Sanlu was ordered to stop production in September shortly after the scandal first broke.

The Chinese government has ordered Sanlu and the other dairies to pay $160 million in compensation to the families of babies that died or fell ill. Sanlu was also fined more than $7 million.