August 7, 2013 |
The Chinese government Wednesday issued what it said were record-high fines totaling $108 million in connection with the scandal-ridden baby formula industry. The government fined five foreign companies - Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. and Abbott Laboratories, both in Illinois; the Dumex unit of France's Groupe Danone; Royal FrieslandCampina in the Netherlands; and Fonterra Co-operative Group in New Zealand - as well as Biostime International Holdings in Guangzhou, China. The government accused the manufacturers of artificially inflating the price of formula, taking advantage of the panic among Chinese parents over tainted milk products.
August 5, 2013 |
BEIJING -- Revelations by a New Zealand dairy company that its exports could contain toxic bacteria have sent shock waves across Asia -- perhaps nowhere more so than in China, where officials announced a recall of potentially tainted powdered milk over the weekend. The news has shaken Chinese parents, who have grown to trust foreign formula brands over anything produced locally. Thousands of Chinese babies were sickened and several died in 2008 after drinking domestically produced formula that had been spiked with melamine , a compound used in making plastics that allowed watered-down milk to pass quality tests.
March 4, 2013 |
BEIJING -- Think Hong Kong is joking about the baby food? Better think again. Customs officials in Hong Kong arrested 45 people on Friday and Saturday on charges of trying to smuggle baby milk powder across the border into China, multiple media outlets reported. The arrests came after an emergency two-can limit on exports of milk formula, launched in February, was made permanent Hong Kong law on Friday. The South China Morning Post quoted Hong Kong's secretary for security, Lai Tung-Kwok, as saying that customs agents had arrested 26 Hong Kong residents, 18 mainlanders and one foreign passport holder at border crossings.
February 28, 2013 |
BEIJING - In Hong Kong, baby formula has become a precious commodity, kept under lock and key. Accusations that mainland Chinese are trying to buy up the semiautonomous territory's entire supply have led to near-riots and have become the latest source of discord with Beijing. Before the recent Lunar New Year, a major gift-buying time in China, Hong Kong announced an emergency two-can limit. Inspectors patrolling the subways near the border crossing into Shenzhen, China, look for people smuggling cases of the precious powder.
September 17, 2012 |
I was disturbed but not surprised to read that central to retiring California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed's " new Master Plan ," as he wrote in his Times Op-Ed article last Tuesday, is a push for "year-round, online" education. As a full-time professor at Cal State Northridge, I am getting a bit worn out by this push (or should I say "shove"). What bothers me most about Reed's promotion of online education as part of the state's Master Plan for Higher Education is his absolute lack of candor.
September 8, 2012 |
Child welfare agencies call them the "milk ladies. " For nearly 30 years, the women have trekked the Chicago area dropping off cases of brand-name baby formula for mothers who can't afford to feed their infants. The original eight women have been friends for years, gathering once a month to rehash high school memories and share stories about their own children while making the deliveries. Now, the founders are joined by their daughters and relatives. Together, they have raised $2.6 million through donations and grants.