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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.

Fonterra pulls ‘DCD’ milk powder in Sri Lanka, disputes test

New Zealand-based dairy giant Fonterra Co-operative said on Sunday it had withdrawn milk powder under orders from the Sri Lankan authorities for showing traces of the toxic agricultural chemical dicyandiamide (DCD), although it disputed the accuracy of the testing.

Sunday, 11 August, 2013, 4:53pm

New Zealand trade body calls for more milk data

David Whitwam said more information about the suppliers of the various ingredients that go into milk formula should be available to parents. He said greater transparency would also help isolate the source of any future incidents surrounding the safety or quality of milk formula.

10 Aug 2013 - 5:40am

China threatens heavier fines after baby formula probe

Foreign suppliers of infant milk formula who knowingly breach the anti-monopoly law can expect tough penalties, China's pricing regulator said a day after six producers were given record fines for manipulating prices.

9 Aug 2013 - 8:50am

New Zealand, world's largest dairy exporter, tightens quality control on baby formula

New Zealand announced a wide-ranging review of its infant formula regulations Thursday, saying it wanted to protect its reputation as demand for the product booms in markets such as China.

27 Jun 2013 - 4:16pm

China to step up monitoring of foreign baby formula sold online

Premier Li Keqiang chaired a State Council meeting yesterday that addressed food safety issues associated with mainland-made dairy goods, the State Council said on its website.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Dutch authorities probe China link to baby milk shortages

The Dutch government yesterday ordered an investigation into persistent shortages of certain brands of baby formula, blamed on networks of traffickers who ship milk powder to China where it is sold at premium prices.

9 May 2013 - 2:44am

Milk powder beats out heroin in smuggling arrests - huh?

Bloomberg takes an odd angle on milk-powder smuggling in Hong Kong.

"Milk smugglers top heroin courier arrests in Hong Kong"

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Shenzhen customs: We won't crack down on 'moonlighting' baby formula smugglers

It was a relief for many newly mobilised baby formula traders when Shenzhen customs officers said on Thursday they would not crack down on "moonlighting smugglers”.

5 Apr 2013 - 12:03pm 1 comment

Chinese retailers pull suspect Hero baby formula from shelves

Retailers started pulling a brand of imported baby formula off shelves yesterday after a media report revealed that the Chinese distributor had repackaged the product in China and mixed it with expired milk powder.

29 Mar 2013 - 5:04am

Shares of local dairy-makers may win as rules force consumers to shop at home

The Netherlands is the latest country to limit infant formula purchases after some Dutch supermarkets found Chinese customers buying suspiciously large quantities of formula.

14 Mar 2013 - 3:43pm