China Says No Evidence Synutra Milk Powder Caused Breast Growth in Babies

China’s Health Ministry said an investigation showed no evidence that milk powder made by Synutra International Inc. caused three infant girls to grow breasts, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported today.

No abnormalities were found in samples of Synutra and other milk powder currently sold in the market, according to the report.

The health ministry is testing samples of milk powder produced by Synutra after parents in Hubei province said at least three infant girls developed breasts prematurely, China Daily said Aug. 11.

Calls to Synutra, based in Rockville, Maryland, weren’t answered today. Chairman Liang Zhang said in a statement Aug. 11 that the company’s products are safe and in no way related to the claims, adding that the health ministry had found no definitive cause for the premature development in the babies.

--Chua Kong Ho in Shanghai. Editor: Jim McDonald

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