Quality Crisis happened in China again. The Shijiazhuang-based (石家莊) dairy producer Sanlu announced that the company would recall 700 tons of baby milk powder (嬰兒奶粉) that was produced before August 6, 08.
Melamine is an organic base with the chemical formula C3H6N6, which IUPAC name is 1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6-triamine. Ingestion of melamine may lead to reproductive damage, or bladder or kidney stones, which can lead to bladder cancer.
As a leading company, I believe Sanlu has quality control team for the production process control and incoming inspection. In the case, the problem came from the source which was dosed with melamine by raw milk suppliers. It aimed to cheat the quality control test for milk protein content. It broke the trust between manufacturer and supplier! In my point of view, quality is not only concerned as a tool for achieving the requirement of product, but also a culture to change the human behavior. If every one disciplines in quality way, the world will truly be “Out of Crisis” (Deming’s Book). Therefore, quality education is very important in China. Recently, I have found a degree course entitled “Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Total Quality Engineering (BETQE)” offered by City University of Hong Kong. I wish it will success and more quality professionals will be developed.
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