A Chinese company at the center of the scare over tainted milk powder had asked for government help to cover up the extent of the problem, state media said on Oct. 1 in the newest development in the widening scandal. In Communist Party newspaper the People’s Daily, Shijiazhuang city government spokesman Wang Jianguo said they had been asked by the Sanlu Group for help in “managing” the media response to the case when first told of the issue on Aug. 2, six days before the opening of the Olympic Games in Beijing. (Reuters)

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