China’s Quality Watchdog Boss Steps Down

BEIJING — State media says the head of China’s quality watchdog has resigned in the wake of the tainted baby formula scandal that has sickened nearly 53,000 infants.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Monday that Li Changjiang had stepped down with the approval of China’s Cabinet.

Li’s agency is responsible for ensuring that China’s food supply chain is safe.

His resignation comes after the chemical melamine — blamed for causing kidney stones and kidney failure in babies — has been found in infant formula and other milk products from 22 of China’s dairy companies.