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Two executed in China over tainted milk

Zheng Shuzhen holds a portrait of her grand-daughter in Beijing on May 8, 2009. She claims the child's death from tainted milk was never dealt with appropriately by their local government.
Zheng Shuzhen holds a portrait of her grand-daughter in Beijing on May 8, 2009. She claims the child's death from tainted milk was never dealt with appropriately by their local government.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Zhang Yujun and Geng Jinping executed for their roles in toxic milk scandal
  • In all, 21 people were tried and sentenced in January for their roles in the scandal
  • Tainted milk killed at least six babies and sickened about 300,000 others
  • Drinking formula held melamine, a toxin dairy plants used to make protein levels appear higher

(CNN) -- Two people were executed Tuesday in China for their part in a tainted milk scandal that killed at least six babies and sickened about 300,000 others, state-run media reported.

Zhang Yujun was executed for endangering public safety and Geng Jinping was executed for producing and selling toxic food, the Xinhua news agency said.

The tainted formula came to light in September 2008, after several babies fell ill from drinking formula that contained melamine. Melamine is commonly used in coatings and laminates, wood adhesives, fabric coatings, ceiling tiles and flame retardants. Some Chinese dairy plants added the chemical to milk products so they would appear to have a higher protein level.

The tainted milk caused kidney stones and urinary tract problems in hundreds of thousands of children.

The 22 Chinese dairy producers that made the formula have offered compensation to victims' families.

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In all, 21 people were tried and sentenced in January for their roles in the scandal, Xinhua reported. Among them, Zhang and Geng were sentenced to death, and most others received at least 15 years in prison.