Biopure plans fast growth in China – Business – NZ Herald News

biopure-health-simon-page-jane-liBaby formula firm orders 135,000 cans after gaining registration for market

Simon Page, who runs Biopure Health with his partner Jane Li, has ordered nine container loads of formula, which will be shipped to China in April. Simon Page, who runs Biopure Health with his partner Jane Li, has ordered nine container loads of formula, which will be shipped to China in April.

Like many infant formula exporters, the outlook darkened for Biopure Health after the Chinese Government introduced a raft of strict import requirements last year.

A fast-growing segment of the New Zealand dairy industry, and one in which exports to China almost doubled to $200 million between 2012 and 2013, was thrown into a state of flux when the new regulations came into force on May 1.

Brands and manufacturers alike suddenly had to go through a complicated registration process with the Chinese authorities.

Without approval, their products could not enter the world’s second-biggest economy, where a string of domestic food safety scares – including the 2008 melamine scandal, which killed six babies and sickened thousands more – had turned imported formula into a kind of white gold.

“Everyone’s fear in the infant formula space was that they couldn’t get product into China,” said Biopure managing director Simon Page. “There was so much uncertainty.”

Auckland-based Biopure’s uncertainty ended on February 13 when its Infapure brand finally gained clearance with China’s Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA).

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NZ’s first breast milk bank opens in Christchurch

The country’s first official human breast milk bank has opened at Christchurch hospital.

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Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand are happiest countries in the world, according to new happiness index

According to a new index of happiness based on migratory flows and not on subjective answers to surveys created by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand are the countries where people are happiest.

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Drinking milk while pregnant makes kids taller – NZ Herald News

Children born to women who drink milk during pregnancy are more likely to be tall when they are teenagers, new research shows.

The results, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, show teenagers of both sexes were generally taller if their mothers had drunk more than 150 millilitres a day during the pregnancy, compared to children born to women who drank less than that amount.

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Watermelon juice relieves post-exercise muscle soreness

Watermelon juice’s reputation among athletes is getting scientific support in a new study, which found that juice from the summer favorite fruit can relieve post-exercise muscle soreness. The report in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry attributes watermelon’s effects to the amino acid L-citrulline.

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Breastfed children are less likely to develop ADHD later in life, study suggests

We know that breastfeeding has a positive impact on child development and health — including protection against illness. Now researchers from Tel Aviv University have shown that breastfeeding may also help protect against Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), the most commonly diagnosed neurobehavioral disorder in children and adolescents.

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Sleep deprivation linked to aging skin, study suggests

In a first-of-its-kind clinical trial, physician-scientists at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center found that sleep quality impacts skin function and aging. The recently completed study, commissioned by Estée Lauder, demonstrated that poor sleepers had increased signs of skin aging and slower recovery from a variety of environmental stressors, such as disruption of the skin barrier or ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Poor sleepers also had worse assessment of their own skin and facial appearance.

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