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Infant Formula

Baby food health claims not backed by evidence

Four baby-food products sold in the city bear health claims that are not supported by internationally recognised scientific evidence, a study by the consumer watchdog shows.

Tuesday, 17 April, 2012, 12:00am

Capital airs life ban for breaches of food safety law

Beijing plans to ban people convicted of food-safety crimes from investing in or operating food businesses. It is one of several proposed amendments to toughen city laws.

10 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Radiation checks cover parallel imports of food

Checks for radioactivity in food cover parallel imports of infant formula, the health chief said after manufacturer Meiji launched a massive recall of milk formula in Japan.

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Baby bottles made with chemical BPA banned

Beijing is banning baby bottles made with the chemical bisphenol A for fear that it may be harmful to infants, according to a government notice released online last week.

Bisphenol A, or BPA, is widely used to harden plastics such as those used to make water bottles and baby milk bottles.

1 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Government rules out infant formula outlets

The government has ruled out setting up milk powder retail outlets at public hospitals and clinics, insisting that there is a stable supply of baby formula in the city.

Professor Gabriel Leung, undersecretary for food and health, told legislators yesterday that suppliers and shop owners had assured the government the supplies were secure.

5 May 2011 - 12:00am

Price of baby formula soaring, survey finds

When it comes to buying brand-name baby formula that is in short supply, being a well-connected district councillor is no help at all.

Nearly three months after becoming a father, Wong Wang-to has been experiencing difficulty in buying milk formula for his baby boy.

21 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Mother's milk the best formula for health

There is nothing more natural than a mother feeding her baby with her own milk, yet Hong Kong has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world.

From parents' anger over the recent milk powder shortage, it is clear that infant formula is still viewed as a necessity for babies. Why have we grown so reliant on it?

14 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Nursing mothers on the rise

Breastfeeding is becoming more popular in Hong Kong, but the training for nurses and doctors in hospitals is not keeping up with the trend.

That's according to a survey by the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Hong Kong Association of eight public and 10 private hospitals, which found 3,700 more nursing mothers than last year.

1 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Breastfeeding must be given a higher profile

The tainted milk powder scandals on the mainland have unsurprisingly led to severe shortages of baby and infant formula in Hong Kong. Our rules and enforced standards generally mean that what is sold here can be trusted as safe and genuine.

6 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Hospital gave newborns wrong milk powder

Tsuen Wan Adventist Hospital is investigating why 17 newborn babies were given an unsuitable milk powder formula in promotional gift sets from a US pharmaceutical company.

29 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Free care denied babies despite decree

Mainland hospitals have yet to implement a State Council order to provide free treatment to the babies who fell ill after drinking contaminated infant formula produced by Sanlu, a group of mainland lawyers offering free advice to victims said yesterday.

16 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

No naked lunch

To breastfeed or not to breastfeed in public, that is the question. In relatively prudish Singapore, the issue is sparking renewed interest. It began when a breastfeeding mother was recently asked to leave the Esplanade Arts Centre by a security guard, because the other patrons might be put off by it.

22 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

70pc of randomly selected brands substandard: study

Seven out of 10 randomly selected brands of milk powder tested by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in Shaanxi province do not meet national standards.

Xinhua reported that two brands contained even less protein than the baby formulas in Anhui which left hundreds of infants malnourished.

27 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Hospitals sending wrong message to mothers

I refer to the letter by Maggie Holmes headlined 'Ill-informed doctors try to discourage breastfeeding' (Sunday Morning Post, June 30).

Her assertion that formula milk is promoted extensively in Hong Kong's hospitals, is borne out by my own experience.

14 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

Baby formula warning 'incomplete, contradictory'

Doctors yesterday accused health officials of creating confusion in their handling of the baby formula scare by giving 'incomplete and contradictory' information.

Hong Kong Medical Association chairman Dr So Kai-ming said the information was hard to understand.

10 Jun 1999 - 12:00am