The former chair and general manager of China’s Sanlu group pleaded guilty to selling the tainted powdered milk that killed six children and caused a national food scare, the New York Times reports. Tian Wenhua said she knew that the firm’s milk contained dangerously high levels of the industrial chemical melamine in May but did not report it until August.
Tian and three other high-ranking Sanlu executives may get life imprisonment or the death penalty for their roles in the scandal. State media reports say that Tian was informed in May that no more than 20mg of melamine could be safely present in a kilogram of food but that powdered milk sampled in September contained more than 2,000mg per kilogram. (Read more milk stories.)