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Chinese Group: Mistakes Made in Report on Mead Johnson Vanillin Issue

07-10 12:54 Caijing
Companies involved questioned the test result shortly after it was published with Wyeth responding no vanillin was added in its formula for 0-6 months and it was willing to cooperate with further investigation

Update: The Chinese inspection group who accused Mead Johnson and other two international brands of adding banned vanillin in baby formulas for 0-6months, announced Tuesday that the test result later proved to have made mistakes, was invalid.

A quality inspection group in south China’s Hunan Province recently said vanillin, a prohibited additive, was found in Mead Johnson’s baby formula for 0-6months, adding to public worries about the baby food safety of international brands in a country rocked by milk scandals.

The group said that two batches of Mead Johnson’s baby formulas made on October 22nd, 2011 and April 18th, 2012, respectively, were found to contain the banned additive, which can be harmful to baby’s liver and kidney health.

The additive was also found in products of leading baby formula makers including Abbott Laboratories and Wyeth, according to the group.

Companies involved questioned the test result shortly after it was published with Wyeth responding that there was no vanillin added in its formula for 0-6 month baby and it was willing to cooperate with authorities' investigations.

The Administration for Industry and Commerce in Changsha, the capital city of Hunan said it will conduct a further investigation into the case.

According to China’s National Food Safety Standards for Uses of Food Additives, no spices should be added in baby food for 0-6 months.

This is the latest safety incident happened to Mead Johnson after the State Administration of Quality accused the company of failing to meet national standards in some of its baby formulas.

The additive was also found in products of leading baby formula makers including Abbott Laboratories and Wyeth, which were rattled with food safety scandals as well.

International brands including Dumex, Mead Johnson and Nestle were the biggest winners claiming about two-thirds of China’s baby formula market, after a milk scandal in 2008 killed at least six and sickened dozens, sending local baby food makers into a confidence crisis.

China was at the center of a milk scandal in 2008 when toxic chemical melamine was found in products of Sanlu and other 21 dairies, which triggered nationwide concerns about the country’s baby food safety.

Sanlu, once the largest Chinese milk powder was declared bankruptcy and other dairy giants including Mengniu and YIli, all witnessed declining profits on record low consumer confidence
 
China released a five-year plan in June to upgrade its food safety regulations in the country’s latest efforts to address food safety concerns.

China is now the world’s second largest baby formula market after the U.S., with Euromonitor International estimating that the country’s baby formula market is likely to grow to 80billion yuan in 2015 in terms of value.

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