Business Ethics: Nestle Milk Misleading with Melamine?
DURING the September of 2008, a huge scandal broke. The parents of a baby Chinese boy, whom had developed kidney stones after drinking milk powder manufactured in China, filed a lawsuit against Sanlu (biggest producer of milk powder in China) for the damage to their son’s health (seeking a $22,000 compensation).
The article by National Post, “More than 54,000 affected by China milk scandal,” reports of four infant deaths attributed to the chemical additive, not to mention more than a hundred with other serious conditions. The number climbed to an estimate of 300,000 victims and 13 infant deaths.
In this ordeal, Nestle (Northeastern China manufacturer) was also found guilty of having minor levels of melamine in its milk powder products (source: Taiwan says melamine found in Nestle milk powders). So why would a such a big and renowned company insert harmful additives “traditionally used to create durable dishware and clear resins” into foods consumed by infants?
Nestle’s contemptible reason was to falsify food quality checks of water-downed milk by increase nutrient and protein levels with nitrogen-rich melamine. Now let’s take a look at Nestle Canada’s vision:
Our vision is to be the leading nutrition, health and wellness company in Canada bringing Good Food, Good Life to Canadians throughout their lives.
Is this not a drastic and outrageous contrast? The companies abused the public’s trust in their brand name and have harmed tens of thousands of infants by limiting materials for the benefit of, well, conserving money alone… and they are still up and running.