3 March, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 04/30/2013
CHINA
China, after melamine milk scandal, powder milk smuggled from Europe and Hong Kong
Chinese parents who can afford it, try to buy European brands online or smuggle them in from the former British colony. So much so that now a purchase limit has been put in place. Clamp down on milk smugglers tighter than cocaine smugglers.

Beijing (AsiaNews) - The scandal of melamine-tainted milk, which destroyed the marketing of milk powder in 2008 and cast serious doubts on the industrial food production in China, is still having a massive effect on the market: despite Beijing's attempts to silence the issue, in fact, five years on Chinese parents still do not trust domestic products and will do everything they can to buy in foreign ones.

The first to realize the opportunity to be made were the European suppliers, on the back their supermarkets literally being raided by wealthy Chinese tourists who have recently become parents. To the extent that different brands have imposed a purchase limit and have had to apologize to European customers for the inconvenience. Danone, the food industry giant, writes in a statement: "We know that the growth in demand comes from unofficial exports to China, due to Chinese parents who want foreign brands for  their children".

The proximity of Hong Kong with Mainland China has made it the main gateway for "smuggling" imported milk. The restrictions on the purchase and export of milk powder came into force on 1 March: since April 23, border police have arrested 879 people with a total of 8,841 pounds of illegal milk powder. In the past year only 420 smugglers in heroin, cocaine and ketamine have been arrested.

To try to calm the waters, the Chinese government has published reports  noting the improvements in quality and standards of the home produced milk powder and sold at a much cheaper price than the international brands. However, the fact that the research was commissioned by the Association of Chinese dairy industry and then published in the government Beijing Times has failed to convince the majority of consumers.

The melamine milk scandal - chemical used in the plastics and glue - exploded in China in 2008, when the untimely death of 6 infants and excruciating pain reported by other 300 thousand children forced the authorities to open an investigation on industrial production in the food that ended with some arrests but without any sweeping reform.

 


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
12/11/2010 CHINA - HONG KONG
Journalists attacked in front of the house of activist arrested over the melamine scandal
11/13/2008 CHINA – HONG KONG
Mainland fish feed sold in Hong Kong found with high melamine levels
12/02/2008 CHINA
Beijing admits almost 300,000 infants sick from melamine-tainted milk
11/24/2010 CHINA
Zhao, in prison for defending children, "renounces" appeal
03/31/2010 CHINA
Milk scandal: closed door trial for seeking justice for sick children

Editor's choices
EGYPT - ISLAM
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam
by Samir Khalil SamirThe grand imam of Al-Azhar slammed literalist interpretations of the Qur'an and the Sunnah, as fundamentalists and Islamic terrorists do. He supports the urgent need for Islam's reform, especially in terms of teaching lay people and clerics. He also calls for an end to mutual excommunication (takfir) between Sunnis and Shias. Egyptian President al-Sisi chose to fight the Islamic state group after it beheaded 21 Coptic Christians, whom he called "Egyptian citizens" with full rights.
SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM
For head of Al-Azhar, religious education reform is needed to stop Islamic extremismFor Ahmed al-Tayeb, it is urgent to come up with new educational programmes to avoid "corrupt interpretations" of the Qur'an and Sunnah. Islamic terrorism undermines the unity of the Muslim world. He blames Mideast tensions on a "new global colonialism allied to world Zionism". a speech by the Saudi king is read at the conference.
HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN
It looks like someone is trying to shout us down
by Card. Joseph Zen Ze-kiunThe widespread optimism concerning the dialogue between the Holy See and China is largely groundless. Some Chinese bishops unable to speak freely are asked "leading" questions. The key issues remain unresolved, namely episcopal appointments and the fate of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. Benedict XVI's Letter to Chinese Catholics, also cited by Pope Francis, provides guidelines. No agreement is better than a bad agreement. What happened to Msgr. Cosma Shi Enxiang and Msgr. James Su Zhimin? Hong Kong's bishop emeritus, champion of religious freedom in China, delivers a vibrant reflection.

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.