A batch of baby milk powder was pulled from Hong Kong shelves on Friday [20 October 2017], after the city’s food safety authorities found 66 per cent less niacin in it than stated on the label…Full Article: South China Morning Post Oct 2017

Key Point

  • In October 2017, Hong Kong’s Centre for Food Safety announced that a sample of US-based Abbott Laboratories’ Similac Stage 2 (400 gram tins) infant formula contained only 1.3 milligrams of niacin per 100 grams, or 66% less than the 3.8 mg per 100 grams advertised on its nutrition label. The sampled infant formula was manufactured in Ireland and sold only in Hong Kong.

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  • In April 2016, a Beingmate Baby & Child Food authorized dealer was found selling fake/counterfeit Beingmate (China), Abbott Laboratories (USA), and Vitacare (New Zealand) infant formula products. From August 2014 to May 2015, the Beingmate-authorized dealer repackaged high-priced branded products with lower-priced product, and then sold the counterfeit products to retailers in Zhengzhou (Henan Province) and Hefei (Anhui Province). The dealer also repackaged other brands of infant formula, such as those from New Zealand’s Vitacare and the USA’s Abbott Laboratories. These counterfeit products were sold to retailers in the provinces of Henan, Hubei, and Jiangsu.
  • In September 2015, Abbott Laboratories Trading (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. (Abbott’s subsidiary in China) informed police in Shanghai that about counterfeit infant formula products after it discovered inconsistencies with its products. As a result, law enforcement authorities in Shanghai seized 20,000 empty branded product containers and 65,000 pieces of labeling materials.

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