I wrote an article for Chartered Quality Institute's Quality World magazine to discuss how to prevent scandals such as horsemeat illegally used in food products, and the contamination of milk powder, rather than afterwards contain the damage these events cause. One of the solutions to the shortage of milk formula and its rationing in Hong Kong and Britain that I recommended was breastfeeding.Sunday, 12 May, 2013, 4:00am 3 comments
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
According to the China Daily, one of the "better side effects" of the mainland's melamine formula scandal is that more mothers are opting to breastfeed their babies. However, breast milk is only as good as the food the mother eats.20 Mar 2013 - 3:11am 1 comment
Lantau was seen to have opened its gates to the outside world with the completion of the Hong Kong International Airport and the convention and exhibition centre AsiaWorld-Expo. Its developments have brought welcome job opportunities, especially to residents in Tung Chung and Tsing Yi.6 Mar 2013 - 2:51am
I refer to Ms Jane Parry's letter ("Health officials fail to emphasise importance of breastfeeding", February 7).
The Health Department has all along been promoting breastfeeding, and educating parents about the healthy feeding of infants and young children. The department is fully aware of the recent public concern about the shortage of formula-milk supply.19 Feb 2013 - 5:47am 1 comment
More than 100 women and their infants protested outside his studios, staging a "Nurse-In" to promote women's rights to feed their babies.17 Feb 2013 - 4:06pm
New consumer protection rules for marketing and advertising tend to run the gauntlet of free-market principles. In the latest example major manufacturers of baby milk formula have cited economic freedom in their resistance to some aspects of a voluntary advertising code. These include prominent health warnings, such as the need to use very hot water to mix the formula, and the possibility of digestive upsets. Manufacturers are concerned about the effects of hot water on live organisms they claim are beneficial, and say the second warning doesn't apply to all formula milk.12 Feb 2013 - 2:45am
The government is to be commended for attending to the needs of non-breastfeeding mothers so that their infants do not lack formula milk.
It is ironic that breastfeeding mothers requesting such high-level policy direction, multi-bureau participation and injection of resources to ensure their infants are able to be breastfed have not been met with the same vigour.9 Feb 2013 - 2:57am
A priority policy should be in place not just for education, but for other services, including welfare, because people living locally contribute to the government budget as Hong Kong taxpayers.8 Feb 2013 - 3:25am
The baby formula saga rolls on, and as a public health researcher I have been waiting to see media coverage of someone from the Department of Health or the Food and Health Bureau pointing out three important facts.7 Feb 2013 - 5:47am