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Infant Formula

Breastfeeding awareness campaign ramped up

The Health Department has ramped up campaign on breastfeeding.

I refer to Ms Jane Parry's letter ("Health officials fail to emphasise importance of breastfeeding", February 7).

Tuesday, 19 February, 2013, 5:47am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, February 12, 2013

Airport expansion plans raise questions. Photo: David Wong

Religion is probably not the first thing that comes to mind for most people when thinking of Hong Kong. But for the three of us, as leaders in our respective religious communities, religion defines Hong Kong.

12 Feb 2013 - 2:45am

Foster breastfeeding while promoting formula advertising code

WHO recommends breastfeeding exclusively until the age of six months. Photo: May Tse

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

Letters to the Editor, February 8, 2013

People queue outside Lei Yuen before it closes. Photo: May Tse

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

Political wisdom, not infant formula, in short supply in Hong Kong

People transporting boxes filled with baby formula queue up to get their package weighted at the Sheung Shui train station prior to their journey back to mainland China. Photo: AFP

We often see people trying to divert attention from their inadequacies by stirring up trouble and using conflicts and setbacks to their advantage. The baby formula shortage in Hong Kong is a classic example of this.

8 Feb 2013 - 3:25am 2 comments

Police intervene as tempers rise over milk formula trade

The government would amend the import and export law to limit every person departing Hong Kong to two cans, or 1.8kg, of milk powder.

As an elderly man angrily denied accusations he was a parallel-goods trader, his shouts drew in dozens of police officers, who escorted him from the scene.

3 Feb 2013 - 5:36am

Vigilantes tackle wrong target in crusade against formula hoarders

Activists protest at Mong Kok East MTR station. Photo: David Wong

About 20 members of the Hong Kong Autonomy Movement who rallied online gathered outside Mong Kok East MTR station in a bid to block people carrying cans of formula or boxes of other goods.

28 Jan 2013 - 5:41am 1 comment

Briefs, January 27, 2013

Leung Kwok-hung

An Australian was caught shoplifting two packs of condoms, worth of about HK$70, at a convenience store in Electric Road, Tin Hau, at about 4am. 

27 Jan 2013 - 5:00am

Chinese snap up baby milk formula in Australia

Popular: Karicare formula milk

Australian supermarkets and pharmacies were running out of popular baby formula yesterday after unprecedented sales reportedly due to Chinese customers trying to snap up supplies.

Nutricia, supplier of top-selling Karicare, said there was a surge in demand for its products which had seen stocks plummet and left shelves empty.

4 Jan 2013 - 9:36am

Controls on formula ads long overdue

Milk formula in a Wan Chai pharmacy. Photo: David Wong

I was disappointed, but not surprised, to see the full page advert from the Hong Kong Infant and Young Child Nutrition Association, aka the manufacturers of formula milk, in the South China Morning Post, on November 23.

28 Nov 2012 - 5:59am

Limits urged on baby formula adverts

Excessive advertising of infant milk formulas could be curbed if breastfeeding associations can persuade the government to legislate an advertising code.

Parents and breastfeeding advocates are upset by what they see as brainwashing over the benefits of formula.

18 Nov 2012 - 4:58am

Milk formula producers overstate nutrient levels

At least seven popular brands of infant milk formula have exaggerated nutrient levels on their labels that could mislead parents, checks by the South China Morning Post found.

The quantities listed on the product labels overstated the content of three important ingredients by as much as three times, although all remained within World Health Organisation guidelines.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:27pm

Hunan firm pays price for tainted milk

Authorities have ordered a Hunan-based dairy firm to shut down production and recall more than 31 tonnes of an infant milk powder that was found to be tainted with a carcinogenic agent, in the latest safety scare involving the industry.

25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Supermarket worker 'saw accused traders load vans'

A ParknShop storeroom assistant in the Wong Tai Sin Shopping Centre saw two traders move dozens of boxes of baby formula into their vehicles, Kwun Tong Court heard yesterday.

The 23-year-old assistant is a witness in the trial of five people who deny charges of conspiracy to defraud and bribery in relation to the sale of baby milk formula.

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Baby milk powder firm calls for ban on adverts

A leading milk powder maker has hit out at the government's plan to introduce a voluntary code to discourage advertisers from exaggerating the benefits of infant formula.

Instead, Mead Johnson Nutrition wants to see legislation that would ban advertising of milk powder for children younger than six months.

11 Jun 2012 - 12:00am