China's premier says government is partly responsible in tainted milk crisis
China's Premier Wen Jiabao says the government was partly responsible for the tainted milk scandal that has sickened tens of thousands of children and shaken consumer confidence in the country's food exports, the associated press reported.
In a Sept. 20 interview published Friday in Science Magazine, Wen said the government feels "great sorrow" about the crisis, which erupted last month and has been a blow to China's food exports.
Wen said in the interview published on the magazine's Web site, that although problems occurred at the company, "the government also has a responsibility."
Authorities have blamed dairy suppliers, saying they added the industrial chemical melamine to watered-down milk to dupe quality control tests and make the product appear rich in protein.