Beijing seeks to restrict formula brands – Business – NZ Herald News

New Zealand’s infant formula industry is facing further upheaval as China moves to tighten the screws on regulations for exporters of the lucrative dairy product.Under proposed new rules submitted to…

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Chinese ‘not taking over formula industry’ | Radio New Zealand News

An Auckland dairy company says Chinese businesses are competing aggressively but are not taking over the New Zealand infant formula industry.

Some infant formula companies have complained that new industry rules introduced last May were helping Chinese businesses.

Under the regulations, infant formula exports must be made by manufacturers accredited by China.

Managing director of Biopure Health Simon Page said Chinese businesses now owned about half of the 10 registered baby formula factories in New Zealand.

However, he said that was not an indication the rules were benefiting them.

Mr Page, whose Infapure brand has been approved for the China market, said the regulations were needed so that tainted products could be more easily tracked down.

“There rules came about after two fairly significant food safety scares on the part of New Zealand.

“So from the Chinese government point of view they’ve really just looked to strengthen their rules.”

via Chinese ‘not taking over formula industry’ | Radio New Zealand News.

Biopure gains entry to Chinese market | Radio New Zealand News

An Auckland infant formula manufacturer has secured registration to export its product to China, something that has proved impossible for other small players seeking access to the Chinese market.

New rules introduced last May require infant formula exports to be made by manufacturers accredited by China.

Biopure Health managing director Simon Page said since then, more than 400 brands of New Zealand origin had disappeared from the Chinese market.

However, Biopure has now got registration for its Infapure brand.

Mr Page said it was a game-changer that put his company in the box seat for dramatic expansion.

via Biopure gains entry to Chinese market | Radio New Zealand News.

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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China to restructure dairy industry, target formula standards

China’s cabinet has announced detailed plans to improve the quality of domestic baby milk powder in a bid to stamp out the constant food safety fears that have plagued the country.

“Baby milk powder safety is not only an issue concerning people’s livelihoods, but also a major economic and social issue affecting the nation’s future. It is urgent for the government to upgrade the safety standard of domestic baby milk powder,” the State Council said in a statement.

via China to restructure dairy industry, target formula standards.

Early formula use helps some mothers breastfeed longer

Recent public health efforts have focused extensively on reducing the amount of formula babies are given in the hospital after birth. But in the first randomized trial of its kind, researchers at UC San Francisco have found that giving small amounts of formula in the first few days of life to infants experiencing high levels of early weight loss actually can increase the length of time their mothers end up breastfeeding.

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Nestlé and Mead Johnson dismiss call to remove GMOs from US formula

Nestlé USA and Mead Johnson Nutrition have dismissed calls to remove genetically-modified organisms GMO from their infant formula products in the US – citing the approved use of GMOs by several national and global regulatory bodies.

via Nestlé and Mead Johnson dismiss call to remove GMOs from US formula.