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Bright Dairy facing sanctions for banned additive

SHANGHAI'S quality watchdog yesterday said it will punish Bright Dairy after the company was found to have been putting a banned additive into a cheese product for babies for years.

"The Shanghai Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision will impose a penalty on Bright Dairy based on the law for its changing the formula of products without authorization," Yang Jun, spokeswoman of the Shanghai government, said yesterday.

The Shanghai Industrial and Commercial Administrative Bureau had ordered all supermarkets and convenience stores in the city to remove the cheese products from shelves, Yang said.

The additive - milk mineral - is not allowed for babies, according to regulations that were issued by the Ministry of Health in 2009 as it is a newly extracted compound that may have unproven effects on babies.

The ingredient was printed on the package of the cheese product designed for children aged one to three.

Bright Dairy said the ingredient has been added since 2009, before the ministry adopted the new regulations.

Gong Yanqi, a public relations official with Bright Dairy, said yesterday that the product is not meant only for babies despite the packaging.

Bright Dairy said it had pulled the cheese in question off shelves nationwide in order to avoid consumer misunderstandings, and said the product will reach the market again in October with a new package.


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