Infant milk formula

SCMP defends report on trans-fat levels in baby milk formula

Infant milk powder on sale at a pharmacy in Wan Chai. Hong Kong has not set limits for the trans-fat content of baby formula but is considering it. Photo: David Wong

Xinhuanet, a news portal affiliated with Xinhua, claimed in an article on Tuesday that the South China Morning Post was spreading fear among mainland parents by saying that mainland brands of infant milk formula contain trans-fat.

Wednesday, 10 July, 2013, 11:19am 9 comments

Is rice the new 'milk powder' for Hong Kong/China cross-border tensions?

A buyer shops for rice in Wuhan, Hubei province. Authorities say cadmium has been found in rice in only Guangzhou, Guangdong province. Photo: Reuters

Buy too much rice in Hong Kong and “you could end up in jail”, Chinese media warned tourists in the wake of the Guangzhou cadmium scandal.

21 May 2013 - 6:26pm

New measures to ensure milk supply for Hong Kong mothers

A Wan Chai pharmacy displays tins of infant formula. The membership programme aims to resolve the supply problem. Photo: David Wong

Manufacturers and pharmacies have announced joint measures to guarantee local mothers six tins of infant milk formula a month, a move they hope will prompt the government to drop its export curbs.

28 Apr 2013 - 8:57am 1 comment

Guidelines but no change to two-tin law

Dr Ko Wing-man. Photo: EPA

Improved guidelines will be issued to help customs officers enforce the two-tin infant milk formula limit at the border, but the government will make no more efforts to refine the legislation.

The health minister said this yesterday after the closure on Wednesday of a Legislative Council meeting that was to have scrutinised government and lawmakers' amendments to the bill.

19 Apr 2013 - 3:44am 1 comment

Hong Kong needs new formula for milk formula

Instead of restricting what can be taken out of the city, a better way is to ensure an adequate supply to meet the demand.

Last week, the city's health chief was forced to apologise to 12 mainlanders who had been wrongly prosecuted under a new law restricting the parallel trade in infant milk formula. What they carried out of the city was actually rice-based baby cereal, which officials confirm is not their target.

29 Mar 2013 - 3:18am 1 comment

There was never a shortage of milk powder, says Friso producer

Arnoud van den Berg admitted that demand has been unpredictable. Photo: Felix Wong

The government's restrictions on taking infant milk formula across the border was "based on a mistake" and should be scrapped in the long term, a milk powder producer said.

27 Mar 2013 - 9:47am 17 comments

China food fears raise potential for NZ

Bill English, New Zealand's deputy prime minister. Photo: Edward Wong

China's long-running food-safety scares and milk powder contamination problems have increased demand for reliable overseas supplies, creating sound investment opportunities for New Zealand's agriculture-centric economy.

21 Mar 2013 - 5:02am

Milk curb review in one year, says Lam

Travellers who ride the MTR with their packaged infant milk formula must now undergo security checks at Sheung Shui station to ensure they are not carrying too much of the product before they can board the train to the mainland. Photo: Felix Wong

The restriction on exports of powdered milk for babies will be reviewed in one year, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said yesterday, adding that the policy was not meant to single out mainlanders.

Speaking in Guangzhou after meeting provincial officials, she said the review would assess the impact of the rule on the supply of infant formula in the city.

16 Mar 2013 - 4:53am 1 comment

Milk powder quota is wrong

Travellers who ride the MTR with their packaged infant milk formula must now undergo security checks at Sheung Shui station. Photo: Felix Wong

Putting hard administrative restrictions on cross-border trade of milk powder is a policy which brings a very high cost to all parties. Businesses immediately lose customers and income.

Society pays for increased resources devoted to tightening border controls. The rail system becomes less convenient and more costly.

12 Mar 2013 - 3:14am 1 comment

Opportunities in parallel trade

A woman waits near boxes of mainland-bound baby formula in the queue to get packages weighed at Sheung Shui station. Photo: AFP

A backlash against Hong Kong's restrictions on infant milk formula is, unsurprisingly, escalating as more mainlanders have been fined for carrying in excess of what is allowed out of our city.

12 Mar 2013 - 3:14am 1 comment

Calm descends on Sheung Shui - for now

Cargo-laden traders wait in an orderly line at Sheung Shui station yesterday. Photo: Felix Wong

The Sheung Shui MTR station, once jammed with hordes of people hauling bulging bags and hefty boxes, was a picture of calm yesterday in the run-up to new heavy-handed measures from the government to curb parallel trading.

2 Feb 2013 - 4:32am 1 comment

Cross-border traders rush to stockpile milk formula ahead of curbs

Parallel traders waiting in line to carry their goods across the border in Sheung Shui train station. Photo: Felix Wong

Cross-border traders were rushing to store up on milk formula on Friday morning, in the final hours before the government’s expected launch of new measures to curb the trade.

1 Feb 2013 - 6:12pm 2 comments

Government set to crackdown on infant formula trading

Parallel traders prepare to transport their goods at Sheung Shui train station. Photo: Edward Wong

The government is likely to announce measures to crack down on the cross-border trading of infant formula today, the South China Morning Post has learnt.

Making infant milk formula a "reserved commodity" like rice is the main solution among a basket of measures the administration is now considering, a government source said.

1 Feb 2013 - 4:33am 7 comments

Traders' threat to baby milk stocks

Action to protect formula stocks is needed. Photo: Felix Wong

I refer to the report ("Milk activists take on the wrong target", January 28).

You describe various activist groups taking matters into their own hands in preventing parallel traders from snapping up milk formula.

1 Feb 2013 - 3:02am 3 comments

Officials must secure supplies of milk formula for local mothers

Local mothers' needs come first. Photo: Dickson Lee

The government is expected to announce as early as today measures to combat shortages of imported infant milk formula caused by cross-border parallel trading, such as declaring it a reserved commodity subject to controls that ensure a stockpile for a stable local supply. The only other essential food still controlled in this way under a law dating back to the 1950s is rice.

1 Feb 2013 - 3:02am