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Infant Formula

Chinese entrepreneurs milk Germany's supply

A farmer applies a unique paint job on a cow in Irscheberg, Germany, 20 June 2006. Photo: EPA

"A delicious, tasty and safe product for Chinese children, and their parents”, blasts a video ad for German pasteurised milk aimed at the Chinese market. Germany, the world’s third-largest milk producer, is making its presence felt in China, a country with insatiable demand for milk, but a local trade association says they are only seeing a small part of the benefits of Chinese demand.

Tuesday, 20 August, 2013, 3:40am

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.

27 May 2013 - 9:04am 3 comments

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

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

Woman held at Hong Kong border for 'breaking milk limit' - with rice cereal

Unlicensed exports of milk and "milk-like substance" in powder form have been restricted since March 1. Photo: Edward Wong

The woman, from eastern China's Jiangsu province, said she did not know powdered rice milk cereal was included in the rule and said she asked customs officials at Lok Ma Chau more than once. 

21 Mar 2013 - 3:44pm 7 comments

Guangzhou woman's 148 cans of milk formula beats Hong Kong curb

A photo displays 148 cans of baby formula milk powder. Picture: SCMP/ Weibo

Strong opinions were exchanged on Sina Weibo after a Guangzhou woman bought 148 cans of baby milk formula from Hong Kong supermarkets and then uploaded photos of them.

15 Mar 2013 - 4:14pm

Old guard give 2-can export limit short shrift

Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Hong Kong's former security and customs chiefs both hope the two-can export limit on infant formula will be temporary.

8 Mar 2013 - 3:42am

Two-tin milk rule 'a bad precedent' for Hong Kong

Alan Hoo. Photo: David Wong

Hong Kong officials have defended the new two-tin restriction on infant formula exports against criticism by a Basic Law expert in Beijing who said the curb was "inconsistent" with the mini-constitution.

6 Mar 2013 - 4:37am 9 comments

Hong Kong curbs on milk formula spark debate on social media

Custom officers inspect luggage at Lok Ma Chau on Friday, the first day regulations on infant formula took effect. Photo: Edward Wong

“Hong Kong is always championing its free market laurels. Do they think about all the fresh water, vegetables and grain [the mainland] supplies to them?” a microblogger wrote referring to the new regulation.

4 Mar 2013 - 8:58am 12 comments

Three arrested at border 'attempting to smuggle HK$24,940 of baby formula'

Starting in March, people leaving Hong Kong will be allowed to carry only two cans of milk formula across the border. Photo: Reuters

Customs and Excise Department detained a 23-year-old driver at the Lok Ma Chau border after 60 cans of formula were found hidden behind the back seat of his seven-seater van.

26 Feb 2013 - 3:42pm 2 comments

Hongkongers can take a leaf out of London shop owner's book

Shop owners can consider their social responsibility to take care of the community and ensure that they have enough necessities for local children. Photo: David Wong

Would shop owners in Hong Kong be caring enough and willing to sacrifice their profits to ensure that local needs are met? No one can say for sure.

25 Feb 2013 - 5:27am 2 comments

Exco to debate two-tin milk law

Exco to Debate two-tin milk law

A special Executive Council meeting will be held today to discuss amending import and export laws to tackle the problem of parallel-goods trading, a source said last night. The changes -proposed by the Food and Health Bureau this month - would mean people aged 16 and over cannot leave the city with more than a total weight of 1.8kg, or two tins of infant formula, in their usual packaging, in any one day.

22 Feb 2013 - 3:44am

What's being said on

The hotline to help Hong Kong mothers get baby formula received over 5,000 calls. Photo: Reuters

On a hotline to help Hong Kong mothers get baby formula receiving over 5,000 calls ...

20 Feb 2013 - 4:12am