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.
There can be little doubt about enforcement of the so-called milk ban introduced two years ago. The figures for arrests, court fines and seizures of infant milk formula attest to that.Monday, 23 March, 2015, 11:25am 2 comments
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.3 May 2014 - 4:08am 3 comments
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 15 comments
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
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
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.11 Aug 2013 - 4:53pm
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
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 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