Baby Milk Powder

Can restricting exports on milk formula prove best for Hong Kong's babies?

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

"There was only one tin left at home, but we could not buy another tin of the same brand for a whole week," says Snowy, the mother of a 10-month-old girl, as she recalls the scramble for milk powder she and her husband went through during the Lunar New Year holiday.

Monday, 27 May, 2013, 9:04am 3 comments

Ai Weiwei's new work inspired by milk powder debate

Ai Weiwei

Dissident artist Ai Weiwei has drawn inspiration from the controversy over infant formula in Hong Kong and on the mainland for his new work, which will be unveiled at an exhibition exploring Hong Kong's identity and anti-mainland sentiment.

10 May 2013 - 5:46am 1 comment

Hong Kong fails to promote breast milk even amid formula shortage

The government has been accused of squandering an opportunity to promote breastfeeding amid the furore over shortages of infant formula. Photo: May Tse

One breastfeeding advocacy group said a special hotline and other measures aimed at helping local mothers secure formula milk actually assisted manufacturers in promoting their products and gave them direct access to mothers.

5 May 2013 - 5:03am 2 comments

Chinese editorials flay study that showed domestic baby formula safe

A shopper browses cans of baby formula displayed in a pharmacy in Hong Kong. Few mainlanders trust the Chinese study that showed domestic infant formula is safe. Photo: Bloomberg

Many mainlanders saw the recent announcement by the China Dairy Industry Association that domestic milk powder is better than imported products as nothing more than propaganda.

7 May 2013 - 4:24pm 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, April 25, 2013

Charge affordable rents in the market. Photo: Dickson Lee

The government proposes reclaiming 60 hectares of land at Ma Liu Shui. The proposed reclamation would turn part of Tolo Harbour into an extension of the Shing Mun River. The flow of the already polluted river (which is really a nullah) would be impeded, further worsening the water quality.

25 Apr 2013 - 3:03am

Chinese dealers strip shelves of baby milk worldwide

A sign limiting the purchase of baby milk formula powder hangs on the shelf in a supermarket in London, on Wednesday. Photo: AP

Blamed for empty shop shelves from Europe to Australia, networks of baby formula traffickers are shipping milk powder to Chinese parents fearful of local products, and working ever harder to meet demand.

12 Apr 2013 - 2:36pm 3 comments

Letters to the Editor, April 8, 2013

Ex-president Joseph Estrada is seeking office. Photo: EPA

It would seem on the surface that all Hong Kong students receive the same education, but there are wide disparities - and the stories of the two students in your article are a good example.

8 Apr 2013 - 2:04am

10 suspected milk formula smugglers arrested

Parallel tradings in infant milk formula are seen operating near Sheung Shui MTR station. Photo: Nora Tam

The continuing crackdown on cross-border baby formula traders has seen 10 people arrested in two days for allegedly smuggling 110 tins of milk powder, customs chiefs said.

7 Apr 2013 - 5:28am 1 comment

Our free trade demands justice

Custom officers inspect the luggages of people at Lok Ma Chau. The recent absurd situation over baby milk powder is the result of barriers to free trade. Photo: Edward Wong

Influential groups in Hong Kong seem to have less and less idea of why the territory exists as a separate entity, what makes it distinct and what makes it thrive, for reasons that are hard to replicate elsewhere. 

7 Apr 2013 - 1:42am 5 comments

Parallel trading of baby milk formula still rampant despite Hong Kong restrictions

A parallel trader with tins of milk formula. Photo: Nora Tam

A check of the mainland side of the Lo Wu border checkpoint at the weekend found several dozen traders with trolleys full of milk powder. They were collecting different brands and handing out cash to travellers.

1 Apr 2013 - 5:06am 1 comment

Papers flay regulator for not publicising baby formula tampering

Xile Lier was accused of changing sell-by dates on packaging, mixing products and relabeling formula for older babies as more expensive milk for younger children. Photo: AFP

News on a Swiss-owned brand of baby formula being pulled from shop shelves in Shanghai following allegations that one of its mainland distributers had mixed the imported formula with out-of-date product came as a bombshell for mainland parents, already frustrated and angry after numerous food safety scandals.

7 May 2013 - 4:26pm

Talking points

Stephen Shiu Yeuk-yuen

Ex-Sex Pistol plays China concerts

30 Mar 2013 - 3:30am

Who said it?

President Xi Jinping

As long as we don't get caught by the mass media or ordinary citizens, the leaders won't punish us.

27 Mar 2013 - 6:23am

Letters to the Editor, March 26, 2013

Western New Territories has rail links. Photo: David Wong

The government appears to have a blind spot. It should look at the map of Hong Kong and see that 90 per cent of our land resources of nearly 110,000 hectares are in the New Territories, most of which remain undeveloped. Therefore, there is no need to deplete our precious sea resources and damage our beautiful coastline by reclamation.

26 Mar 2013 - 3:29am 3 comments

Talking points

EU executives in Tokyo summit

The Court of Final Appeal will deliver judgment on the controversial right-of-abode dispute involving domestic helpers and children born to mainlanders in Hong Kong. 

25 Mar 2013 - 2:37am