» 04/30/2013, 00.00
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.
- 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
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
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.
11/12/2010 CHINA - HONG KONG
Journalists attacked in front of the house of activist arrested over the melamine scandal
A group of reporters in Hong Kong were beaten and insulted by 40 district guards under the indifferent gaze of the police. The journalists were reporting on the family of Zhao Lianhai, in prison since 11 November for mobilizing families, victims of poisoned milk.
13/11/2008 CHINA – HONG KONG
Mainland fish feed sold in Hong Kong found with high melamine levels
Popular Chinese anti-haemorrhoids drug is banned after more than 30 people suffer liver and other problems. Cause remains unclear. Hong Kong is also set to test pig and chicken feed.
Beijing admits almost 300,000 infants sick from melamine-tainted milk
China’s Health Ministry releases new data. Chinese dairy and other food exports collapse in October. But new investments in the sector are taking place.
Zhao, in prison for defending children, "renounces" appeal
Zhao Lianhai is an activist for the rights of the 300 thousand children infected by toxic milk. For this he was arrested and sentenced to prison. Now he has dismissed his lawyers and withdrawn his appeal. But many doubts remain. Authorities fear him becoming a symbol for anyone seeking justice.
Milk scandal: closed door trial for seeking justice for sick children
The trial of Zhao Lianhai begins, accused of fomenting unrest because he helped families to seek fair compensation. The toxic milk killed six children and infected more than 300 thousand, but the authorities want to silence debate.
Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay
The Hong Kong bishop’s optimism over a change in the method of appointing bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal, in words. Underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential", but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church. The "bugs" (hidden microphones) in a bishop’s office.
Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view
Card. John Tong
The Hong Kong Cardinal outlines the steps that hope to propel dialogue between China and the Holy See. Themes include the Pope's role in the appointment of bishops; A change of vision in the Patriotic Association; the possible integration of the underground bishops in the Episcopal Conference. A new article by card. John Tong, following a previous article published a few months ago on "Communion of the Church in China with the universal Church."
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