China recalls infant formula products

Published 30 June 15

Chinese authorities have asked three producers of infant formula to commence recalling products due to excessive nitrate and insufficient selenium levels found in samples. Batches from three producers did not meet standards according to China‘s Food and Drug Administration. Subsequently they asked the producers to stop production, sales and start recalling products. While, the authorities have requested those responsible for the current scandal to be punished accordingly.

A lack of trust amongst Chinese consumers for local milk products has been an issue after tainted milk caused the deaths of six infants in 2008. This resulted in imported milk becoming highly sought after amongst Chinese consumers. It has also emerged that a memorandum of understanding has been signed, which will see India’s Ongole Dairy sending 3,000 tonnes of milk powder to China over the next six months.