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5 milk powder safety incidents you should know

Posted on: November 15, 2019, by Samantha

Recently, New Zealand milk powder, which has been favored by parents, has also repeatedly exposed the quality problem and unsafely of milk powder.

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milk powder

On August 19, Westland's 390 kg of lactoferrin detected excessive nitrate levels. Since the Sanlu milk powder incident in September 2008, the quality and safety problem of the dairy industry and the latest incidents of milk powder have never been far from the public.

After the Sanlu incident, the incomplete statistics of various types of “milk powder problems” in Chinese milk markets are as follows: The frequency of milk powder is getting higher and higher, Sanlu to Fonterra, China to New Zealand, local brands and foreign brands are same. There was another incident with milk powder. The botulinum contamination of the Fonterra dairy material was only half a month later, its competitor, New Zealand's second-largest dairy company, Westland, had the milk powder problems. New Zealand local time on August 19, China's State Administration of Quality Supervision, Department of Primary Industries of New Zealand and Westland announced, Westland company produced 390 kilograms of lactoferrin detected nitrate salt content exceeded. Chinese consumers are the most nervous things is that all the dairy products in question were Export to China.

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milk powder test

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine (AQSIQ) was informed by China Wandashan Dairy Co., Ltd. that the nitrate content of lactoferrin was detected abnormal. The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine have notified the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries of information to verify the situation of the affected products, and at the same time require relevant inspection and quarantine institutions to seal up the problem products. The AQSIQ disclosed that the raw materials exported to China have not entered the circulation and consumption sectors.

On August 2, New Zealand's Fonterra said that a batch of concentrated whey protein powder produced by the company in May 2012 detected Botox. The products of Abbott, Wahaha, Dumex, and other milk companies may contain botulinum toxins due to raw material contamination,  and the dairy companies have taken retroactive and recall measures for the products involved. New Zealand announced on the 19th that the government plans to investigate the contamination of the dairy giant Fonterra's products with Botox.

Since the Sanlu milk powder incident in September 2008, the issue of milk powder safety has never been far from the public eye. The milk powder which used considered as “most safety” for children was exposed to many safety problems year-on-year. The confidence of Chinese people in domestic milk powder has decrease into the bottom since the Sanlu incident, and many young parents turn their attention to overseas milk source. However, foreign milk powder has also become the protagonist of milk powder safety incidents. Almost all the main foreign milk powder brands sold in the domestic market have not been spared, and have been involved in quality problems more or less.

Abbott’s milk powder was accused of causing precocious puberty at this year’s CCTV 315 party, but Abbott subsequently stated that the product was fully tested qualified and the milk nutritional facts are fine. The same problem of precocious puberty is that in 2009 the domestic brand Shengyuan milk powder was also exposed by the media, causing precocious puberty among many girls in the country. However, it was denied by Shengyuan Company. At that time, the state Ministry of Health also said that “the product was tested but not found to have abnormal hormone content.”.

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