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Dumex among baby formula producers under scrutiny

FOUR local baby formula producers have been given time until May 31 to meet the revised regulation standard or face losing their licenses.

Officials from the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration said yesterday that they carried out tests on the formula producers and found they did not meet the standards. The checks were part of a nationwide campaign to review licenses of some 120 baby formula producers.

One of the the four local producers is Dumex, which is registered in Shanghai and owned by French food giant Danone. The other three are Chenguan, Huaguan and Niubeizi, whose products are mainly sold in second-tier cities in China.

None of the four local producers have received the new license yet, officials said.

Producers who fail to meet the new requirements or are unable to obtain new licenses will be granted a grace period of two years by provincial authorities.

The revised regulation, unveiled in December, has significantly increased the baby formula standards for domestic producers and has shaken up the infant formula industry, which was tainted by a melamine milk scandal in 2008 that killed six babies. Over 300,000 children fell sick after having the powder.

Meanwhile, Shanghai FDA announced a new standard for chilled chicken.

A chicken must now be kept in temperatures between zero and 4 degrees within an hour after being slaughtered. The temperature must be maintained during the transportation and storage process.


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