China finds more brands of tainted baby milk: state media

BEIJING (AFP) — Chinese officials have found 22 companies produced baby milk tainted with a toxic chemical, state media said Tuesday, in a dramatic escalation of a scandal that has left two infants dead.

Milk powder contaminated with a chemical used to make plastics has sickened more than 1,200 infants in a health scare that erupted last week and prompted a nationwide investigation into the extent of the problem.

The contamination was originally thought contained to the Sanlu brand, with the company apologising on Monday for the scandal.

But state-run CCTV said Tuesday night that more products have been discovered with the chemical melamine, and that all, including the powder made by Sanlu, have been pulled from shelves.

"In order to ensure the safety of the milk products, the relevant government departments have pulled them from shelves, sealed them, recalled them and destroyed them," CCTV said in its report.

The State Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said tests on products from all 109 baby milk companies in China showed varying traces of melamine in 69 batches from 22 companies, Xinhua news agency said.

In an indication, meanwhile, that markets outside mainland China could be affected, a Hong Kong supermarket chain on Tuesday recalled a yogurt ice bar found to contain melamine.

The Wellcome chain said the product was the Yili Natural Choice Yogurt Ice-bar. Yili is a dairy manufacturer in China's Inner Mongolia region.

The scandal is the latest to rock China's food industry, which has been tarnished by a series of health scares over dangerous products, including those to export markets, in recent years.

China's top product-quality watchdog would dispatch inspectors to all milk-product manufacturers to contain the spreading health threat, CCTV said.

The moves were meant to "uncover the causes, pursue those responsible and severely deal with them in accordance with the law," it said.

The government has said milk collectors, who gather milk from dairy farmers, deliberately added melamine to make it appear the milk had more protein.

Sanlu, however, had blamed dairy farmers.

Police have arrested four suspects, at least two of which have admitted adding melamine to milk, according to state press, in reports that warned more sick babies were expected to be reported.

The 22 companies mentioned by CCTV included Torador Dairy Industry, a China-Australia joint venture in the northern city of Tianjian. Calls to Torador on Tuesday evening went unanswered.

They also included Guangdong Yashili Group, the report said, which exports its products to Bangladesh, Myanmar and Yemen.

However, it said tests of Yashili export products showed no melamine traces. The report made no further mention of possible contamination of exports.

Melamine, which is used for making plastics and glues, is being blamed for causing kidney stones in the affected babies, a condition normally rare in infants, but which gives rise to a range of health risks.

The two infant deaths occurred in May and July, the health ministry said.

The government has criticised Sanlu for not going public sooner once babies began to fall ill in March in northwestern Gansu province.

Tests in early August began to show melamine in Sanlu's product, but the scandal only broke in Chinese media last week.

Sanlu has fired its chairwoman and its general manager, state media said.

Four local officials, linked with agriculture and quality control, were also sacked on Tuesday, Xinhua said.

Andrew Ferrier, the head of New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra, which owns 43 percent of Sanlu, said Fonterra knew of the contamination in early August and pushed for an immediate recall but that Sanlu was slowed by Chinese rules.

New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said her government learned of the contamination problem September 5, then "blew the whistle" three days later by informing Beijing after local Chinese officials refused to act.


How to Accept Credit, Debit and PayPal Payments Online

Electronic payments are the financial lingua franca of online business and you can't do business without them. They come in several primary varieties: credit card payments, PayPal and online wallet programs. According to a recent Gallup Poll, 88 percent of all online purchases are made with credit or debit cards. Fail to accept any of these payment options and you may be turning away potential business.

Be certain that your merchant credit card gateway accepts all major credit cards, including Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Discover.

Make sure all accounts that you establish for accepting payments integrate seamlessly with your Shopping Cart service and your accounting program. Some payment gateways, including PayPal, offer free shopping cart functionality.

Insist on a service that is transparent and fast. Fast for your customers, so that they can get quick approval for their transactions with you. Fast for you, so that you can view balances and transactions at any time and move money into your checking account without delay.

Establish Accounts to Accept Payments Online

Visit PayPal's "Choose Account Type" page and sign up for a PayPal Business Account (see Resources below). If you are located in the United States, intend to be an active seller and want to accept credit cards as well as PayPal payments, select website "Payments Standard," which charges nothing to open an account, withdraw funds, add funds or send funds. There are no monthly fees. Fees are charged as a percentage of each credit card or PayPal transaction and are generally lower than those available through bank based merchant accounts.

Review PayPal's terms for credit card processing to see if it meets your business needs. Since PayPal began providing credit and debit card merchant account processing other vendors for such services have ceased operations. PayPal will allow you to accept payment via Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover credit or debit cards, either on PayPal's site or on your own website, at rates that compare favorably with competitors.

Shop for alternatives to PayPal among other vendors such as Charge.com, Cardservice International, SecureNetShop and ProPay.

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How to 5 Simple Steps To Make Money Online

This article intends to show how easy it is to build a website and start a business online to make money. It reveals 5 easy steps which even the biggest internet marketers are using to make millions online. By the end of the article the reader can actually build a website, find a market and products, build traffic and automate his business.

Unbeknownst to many of us, to start a business online and make a secondary or primary income is easier than most people imagine. If you are serious enough you can learn to make a thousand dollars within a week to a month. All you need to start is probably less than a couple of hundred dollars! I ve known a couple in Australia who knew little about the internet but within two years were making $250,000+ per annum. There is even an apparently ordinary guy in Singapore who makes $549,000 within six months after mastering the knowledge in a few years.
Amazing as it may seem, all you need to start with is a computer which most homes have; a few softwares, most of which are free and a little knowledge which you can gather from google or any other search engines.
So what are the 5 easy steps to start an internet business so that you can start making money online. I would trace below the money making secret steps below with the advice that you can find any information you need on the internet. (Just go to www.google.com and type the keyword or phrase on google search and you will find a wikipaedia s worth of internet information or online information.)
The first step begins with you deciding on what you want to sell on the internet. You can sell information products or physical products. It would be good if you sell something that you love or excites you or that you know much about. In internet terms when you look for these kinds of products you are said to go into an affinity market; a market that has an affinity to you in terms of your expertise or natural inclination. You can do a kind of brainstorm with your friends or family members; they tend to know best what you are good at or love.
Having chosen your affinity market so to speak, you now need to go and do some market research. With the information highway on your computer screen, this is very simple to do. Just go to a search engine like google and type in the words for the products you are looking for on google search and this will lead to a list of websites. Most, if not all the websites, will display the product(s) you are looking for. This exercise will reveal to you what people are looking for or selling in relation to your search. You can also go to www.ebay.com, www.amazon.com, www.msn.com etc..to continue your market research. Thus you will confirm that what you want to sell is what people want to buy.

The second step now is to find the actual product that you want to offer to the market. Like any offline business you can do one of two things:
1. Sell other people s product as a distributor (in internet terms, you choose to be affiliate of an internet merchant). Remember, you either sell an information product or a physical product. For information product, go to Clickbank.com where you will find many who offer affiliate programs for their products. As to how to go about being an affiliate, clickbank has a comprehensive Q&A section that answers everything that you need to know. As for physical products, go and look for the term dropshippers in google and you would find all the products you need. Dropshippers are merchants who are looking for affiliates or internet distributors to sell their products. Most of their websites will explain in detail how you can join them and go about as an

Now that you have found your market and the products you wish to offer to satisfy your market, the third step is to set up a shop on the internet. This is simply called a website. Your website is therefore your shop in the internet world, so to speak. To many, putting up or creating a website is like building your own motor car! It seems horrifying! And yet it is so simple that a novice friend of mine when given some instructions actually put up a website within days! Some people would even charge you $5,000 to build one for you.
Don t be fooled! It is so easy to create your own website if you are told how. In fact if you are an affiliate of information products, you don t even need to have a website to make money. You can go to www.enduringautoincome.com or www.entrepreneurwealth.com to find the information. Most affiliate program merchants would even set up a website for you for free if you sign up as their distributor. They are most eager to teach you everything you need to know to help them sell their products. By the way, the commission for selling other people s products can be as high as 75% to 90%. Not bad eh!
One simple way to set up your own website is to go to www.Nvu.com and find instructions within the software website itself or google to learn how to use it. If you know how to use Microsoft Word, you will find NVU easy.
Before you set up your website however you must give it a name and register it. This is called the Domain name and you must buy it. It can be as cheap as $1.99 and never more than $10 for a year. You can go to www.smallbusiness.Yahoo.com, www.godaddy.com, www.namecheap.com. Now that you have bought a domain name, you can start creating or get a free website.

Now that you have got a shop, namely, your website, the fourth step is to promote it in the internet. This is known in internet as creating traffic i.e. getting visitors to your site. Again you can learn more about this from any number of sources on the internet. Just go to google search and type traffic and you will get a wealth of information on traffic generation information.
There are two ways you can get traffic, generally. You pay for it or borrow it. To pay for traffic, you go search for google adwords, MSNAdCenter, Yahoo and do what is known as a Pay-Per-Click (PPC) campaign, a sort of advertising campaign in the internet. Google adwords will teach you in a simple manner, the process to go about a google adword campaign. If you follow the instructions diligently you can almost master the process within an hour or two. You can then apply your knowledge to other PPC programs in other Search Engines like MSN or Yahoo.
To borrow traffic you would have to go to articles or forums websites where you can contribute an article or two like this one to share your knowledge and then invite readers to your site, like www.endurinautoincome.com or www.entrepreneurwealth.com.

Now that your shop is up and people are visiting to buy your products, the last step you would want to take is to automate your business so that the business can go on without you attending to it 24/7. This process is called duplication. This process involves having a management software that can communicate with your customers on a frequent basis automatically both to build a long term relationship with them and to promote new products to them. The software that does this is called an auto-responder. You need to subscribe to one though and they charge a fee ranging from $20 up on a monthly basis. The one I use is named monsterresponse.com and is the best and cheapest I have found so far. The other is www.Aweber which has the best reputation but maybe a little pricier. Again it is easy to learn how to set up an auto responder. You find the instructions either with the auto-responder company or on the internet.
What the auto-responder really does is to send automatically a series of email letters from you either offering information or products to your customers. It also allows you to collect the names and emails of your customers and store this in the system. This list of subscribers to your site becomes the vital list that will ensure of constant business for you throughout the lifetime of your website. It would take a little while to build this list and the speed at which you build it depends how creative you are in your traffic building campaigns.
There, you have it all, the 5 simple steps to having your very own internet marketing business. If you want to begin with a simple to do internet business, visit me at www.entrepreneurwealth.com or www.enduringautoincome.com. This is Louis Lim @ Limfame signing off and wishing you all the success you deserve.

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