Baby formula, the new heroin

Written by Cliff on Friday 10 January 2014 at 10:04 am

Food safety issues in China caught international attention in 2008 when it was discovered that melamine had been added to baby milk powder and other foods by 22 different companies. Five years later, Chinese consumers still distrust domestic milk powder makers. This year, tourists and smugglers caused shortages of baby formula in Hong Kong, Sydney and even Europe as they brought huge quantities of powder back to China. In Hong Kong, arrests for smuggling baby formula have topped the number of arrests for smuggling cocaine, heroin and ketamine combined.

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