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Kids develop 'big-head' disease after using solid drink sold as milk powder
Published on: 2020-05-14
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China market regulation authorities urged Central China's Hunan Province on Wednesday to investigate a case in which a local maternal and child store sold a protein solid drink as milk formula which caused several children to develop 'big-head' disease and rickets after consuming the product.
 

Five parents in Yongxing county, Chenzhou, recently found their children to be suffering from eczema, severe weight loss, a skull deformity resembling "big head" and a number of other unusual diseases.
 

The children had all used a "special medical milk powder" purchased at a local maternal and child store after being diagnosed as milk allergic and doctors recommended that they use amino acid milk powder, according to the reports.
 

The salesperson who sold the "milk powder" to the parents at the shop claimed that the product is the best-selling "milk powder" for children with the allergy, said one parent in the TV report.

big head 2When asked why the product reads "solid drink" on the packaging, the salesperson said it was just "another name for milk," according to the parent.
 

A 400 gram can of the special medical "milk powder" sells for 298 yuan . "Although the product cost more than twice as much as the ordinary ones, I still kept buying it for my kid," another parent, surnamed Zhu, told the media.
 

Zhu noted that her daughter had consumed 89 cans of the "milk powder" in two years, during which time she often had a cough, eczema, and patted her own head.
 

The 3-year-old girl weighs less than 15 kilograms and her hair has turned yellowish. She was later diagnosed with rickets and lacking vitamins A and B.

big head 3Zhu thinks the store should be held responsible and pay compensation for her daughter's disease as salespersons misled customers to buy the solid drink thinking it was milk powder.
 

But an owner of the store claimed that it was the manufacturer who promoted the product as a nutritional supplement for kids with allergies.
 

The manufacturer of the product told media that the company had stopped its production in mid-2019 and the solid drink meets national standards and is suitable for all kinds of people.
 

The company also said it is not clear why the product was sold at maternal and child stores to children with milk allergies.
 

又见“大头娃娃”!

近日湖南郴州多名家长发现孩子体重下降,有的孩子头骨畸形好似“大头娃娃”,这些孩子有个共同之处,都食用了一种名为“倍氨敏”的“奶粉”。
 

13日,品牌方湖南唯乐可健康产业有限公司回应,产品质量合格,作为固体饮料出售,并非奶粉或“特殊医学用途配方”奶粉,不知道销售商将产品作为奶粉出售。
 

专家提醒,“固体饮料”营养成分单一、不足,无法满足代替母乳要求,长期综合性营养不良会造成佝偻病、低蛋白水肿即“大头娃娃”。
 

事件发生后,市场监管总局高度重视,责成湖南省市场监管部门对涉事商家进行彻查,依法从严从重处罚,及时向社会公布调查结果。

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