Milk formula

Milk firm Dumex probes claims staff bribed Chinese hospitals to get newborns hooked

A customer selects milk powder made by Dumex, a subsidiary of France's Danone multinational conglomerate, at a supermarket in Anhui province. Photo: Reuters

French baby formula manufacturer Dumex promised on Monday to investigate allegations its staff bribed hospital officials in China to provide its products to newborns.

Tuesday, 17 September, 2013, 10:08am 1 comment

Dairy pair expected to reveal milk deal

China Mengniu Dairy

Trading in the shares of two Hong Kong-listed mainland dairy firms, China Mengniu Dairy and Yashili International, was suspended yesterday, triggering market speculation about a possible consolidation in the fragmented formula milk market in China.

14 Jun 2013 - 3:49am

China to step up monitoring of foreign baby formula sold online

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: Xinhua

Premier Li Keqiang chaired a State Council meeting yesterday that addressed food safety issues associated with mainland-made dairy goods, the State Council said on its website.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Study backs Chinese-made milk powder brands

A woman selects milk powder for her child at a supermarket in Beijing. Photo: AFP

Chinese-made milk powder is better in quality and half the price of imported products, said the national dairy association.

The results of a study were announced in an effort to promote the domestic industry and allay concerns stemming from the 2008 melamine scandal.

7 May 2013 - 4:21pm 10 comments

Baby milk formula producers plan to end export restrictions

Manufacturers and the Hong Kong General Chamber of Pharmacy have a plan to guarrantee supplies of baby milk formula to local mothers. Photo: David Wong

Seven manufacturers of baby milk formula on Friday proposed a new system to ensure a steady supply of their product to Hong Kong parents, hoping this could persuade the government to cancel restrictions on its export.

26 Apr 2013 - 9:17pm

Three fined for breaching new milk formula quota

The new milk formula restriction states that a person cannot carry more than two tins, or 1.8kg, of milk formula out of Hong Kong per day. Photo: David Wong

Three mainlanders were each fined between HK$1,000 and HK$2,500 in Hong Kong on Tuesday for trying to bring more baby milk formula out of the city than a new restriction allowed.

Lin Youzhu, Chen Qinlong and Zhong Haiwen were arrested at Lowu border checkpoint last Friday for trying to carry three to six cans of milk formula back to the mainland.

5 Mar 2013 - 5:01pm

CPPCC members split over Hong Kong's milk powder rules

Chinese delegates arrive for the opening of the first session of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing. Photo: EPA

Opinions among members of China's top political consultative body about Hong Kong's new measures to curb exports of milk formula were a mixed bag on Sunday.

4 Mar 2013 - 11:01pm

10 held for exceeding two-tin milk limit

Customs officers step up inspections at the Lok Ma Chau checkpoint yesterday. Photo: Edward Wong

A least 10 people have been arrested at the border checkpoints for breaching a new restriction on milk formula that came into force yesterday. They were carrying a total of 53 tins of infant formula between them - eight Hongkongers and two mainlanders. They were arrested at the Lo Wu, Lok Ma Chau and Lok Ma Chau Spur Line checkpoints.

2 Mar 2013 - 9:09am

Cross-border limit on baby milk may breach trade rules

People queue up for milk powder at a branch of Watson in Choi Yuen Estate, Sheung Shui. Photo: Edward Wong

A cap on the amount of milk formula travellers can take out of Hong Kong could breach World Trade Organisation rules. The government announced this month it planned to limit the number of cans people can take across the border to two. The move was aimed at preventing parallel traders from buying formula in the city and reselling it in Shenzhen at higher prices, creating a shortage.

14 Feb 2013 - 8:58am 9 comments

Proposal to limit milk formula exports tabled for consultation

Dr Ko Wing-man. Photo: Sam Tsang

An adult traveller will be allowed to leave the city with only two cans of milk powder per day, the government has proposed in a consultation to amend the Import and Export (General) Regulations as it fine-tunes the city's measures to tackle the problem of parallel-goods trading.

8 Feb 2013 - 4:23am

Hong Kong, city of trade, must not crack down on infant formula traders

A woman carries milk powders outside Sheung Shui train station. The government announced a series of measures to crack down on parallel trading of milk powders last week. Photo: Nora Tam

Hong Kong became a great city after millions of mainland refugees came here to trade. Entrepreneurship brought goods to billions of people. First, goods made here and, later, goods made in mainland China; Hong Kong's tradition as a centre of exchange made the world a better place.

7 Feb 2013 - 8:40am 16 comments

Milk formula suppliers win from government hotline sales

Retailers get about HK$20 per tin. Photo: Bobby Yip

Makers of milk formula are likely to emerge the biggest winners under the government's plan to ensure supplies to local mothers. An estimate by the Post found they made at least an extra HK$100,000 in just four days.

6 Feb 2013 - 9:27am 2 comments

Leung defends tough measures to stop cross-border traders

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Dickson Lee

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on Saturday defended new government measures to limit the amount of infant milk formula allowed to leave Hong Kong – saying they were harsh but necessary.

2 Feb 2013 - 8:56pm 12 comments

Two-can limit on milk powder to stop cross-border traders

Baby milk formula in a Hong Kong pharmacy. Photo: David Wong/SCMP

People departing Hong Kong will be limited to taking two cans, or 1.8kg, of milk powder in the latest government effort to crack down on trading by mainlanders that has led to shortages in the city.

2 Feb 2013 - 8:44am 18 comments

Government goes for faster formula to tighten control of milk powder

Government goes for faster formula to tighten control of milk powder

By amending subsidiary legislation under the Import and Export Ordinance, the government will set the maximum amount of formula a person can take out of Hong Kong at two cans.

2 Feb 2013 - 4:43am