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  • Aug 22, 2014
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Baby formula

Baby, or infant, formula is a manufactured food for babies often used as a substitute for breast milk. It is a powder or liquid concentrate that is mixed with water and fed through a bottle. It is widely used in Asia, which represents 53% of the global market share. In Hong Kong, a shortage in availability of baby formula led to restrictions on how much could be taken out of the city and into mainland China.

New infant milk formula rules 'are not targeted at specific brands'

A new regulation restricting market access to 41 foreign infant milk formula manufacturers from May 1 is not intended to exclude any major brands, according to a researcher at a government think-tank.

Saturday, 3 May, 2014, 4:08am 3 comments

Food import inspections increased after claims sell-by dates changed on baby formula

The government’s quality and safety watchdog has stepped up inspections of all imported food after allegations that the expiry dates on some baby formula produced by an Australian company had been tampered with.

17 Mar 2014 - 3:23pm

Milk powder supplies still not meeting needs

Shortages of infant milk powder are still plaguing many areas of the city a year after an export limit was introduced, with popular brands unavailable in 90 per cent of stores in some districts, according to a watchdog's report.

The Consumer Council canvassed 137 shops in 10 districts to document a shortage of the four more popular brands.

24 Jan 2014 - 4:51pm

'No rush' to scrap two-tin milk limit

The government is in no rush to lift the two-tin restriction on infant formula for outbound travellers because a coupon scheme to ensure supplies for locals has been less successful than hoped.

5 Dec 2013 - 4:45am 1 comment

Landmark shift in 'one child' rule brings market bubbles

Last week, institutional and individual investors poured money into so-called "second child" concept stocks, which can be baby milk producers or even piano makers as long as they are more or less related to how to grow a child on the mainland in the short or long-term.

25 Nov 2013 - 8:16am

Baby formula is contaminated with aluminium, UK study finds

Infant milk formulas are contaminated with aluminium, which risks serious negative health effects for children and may contribute to ill health as adults, a UK study has found.

11 Oct 2013 - 6:32pm

Holiday rush takes toll on formula stocks

A popular baby milk formula sold out in many pharmacies yesterday as the government started its "golden week" stocktaking to decide whether it can lift the export limit on such products.

2 Oct 2013 - 4:26pm 1 comment

Beijing hints at displeasure over Hong Kong's handling of baby formula issue

A top mainland official in charge of Hong Kong affairs yesterday urged the city's political appointees to improve their sensitivity when it comes to policies which have an impact on the mainland.

25 Sep 2013 - 3:57am 16 comments

Authorities may scrap limit on milk powder

Ko said in a radio interview authorities would assess whether an adequate supply of the milk powder could be guaranteed for locals before and after the upcoming "golden week" holiday for National Day on October 1.

25 Sep 2013 - 7:36am 5 comments

CCTV broadcasts fresh bribery claims against baby formula firm Dumex

Chinese state media yesterday broadcast further allegations of bribery against Dumex, a baby formula subsidiary of French food and beverage giant Danone.

CCTV last week quoted a former Dumex sales manager alleging the company had bribed hospital staff in the city of Tianjin to feed its milk powder to newborn babies.

24 Sep 2013 - 11:40am

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