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April 6, 1990 | From Associated Press
A Gerber research plant is retooling to resume production for a market of one: a profoundly allergic 15-year-old boy who cannot live without a special baby formula the company stopped making five years ago. For a few days this month, one quarter of the production space at the Gerber Products Co. research center in Fremont, Mich., will be devoted to making MBF, a formula that only Raymond Dunn Jr. needs and which Gerber is providing free.
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August 7, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - Russian officials said they were unhappy with President Obama's decision to cancel a summit meeting in the wake of the Kremlin's decision to grant temporary asylum to Edward Snowden, but that the Americans were largely hurting themselves.  “We are dissatisfied with the U.S. administration decision to cancel Obama's planned visit to Moscow early in September,” Yuri Ushakov, an aide to President Vladimir Putin, told reporters. He said it was clear to the Russians that the decision was connected to the Snowden case, "which was not created by us at all.” The U.S. is not ready to build relations with Russia on an equal footing, he said.
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September 17, 2012 | By Laura Desfor Edles
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.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
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.
WORLD
August 7, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
The Chinese government Wednesday issued what it said were record-high fines totaling $108 million in connection with the scandal-ridden baby formula industry. Five foreign companies were fined -- Mead Johnson, Dumex, Abbott Laboratories, Royal FrieslandCampina and Fonterra -- as well as Guangzhou-based Biostime International Holdings. The government charged that the manufacturers had artificially inflated the price of formula, taking advantage of the panic among Chinese parents over tainted milk products.
NEWS
September 23, 2010
The baby formula recall is taking its toll -- online. Abbott Nutrition announced Wednesday that it was recalling certain types and lots of powdered formula under the Similac brand because beetles were found in one of its production areas. The Illinois-based company said there's no health risk related to the bug scare, but anxious parents overwhelmed the call center and crashed the website before the company shored up communication problems Thursday, according to media reports.
WORLD
February 28, 2013 | By John Hannon and Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
July 28, 1989 | S. J. DIAMOND
When Carnation Co. entered the $1.6-billion baby formula market last year with two new products, Good Start H. A. and Good Nature, it drew instant flak. The FDA and nine state attorneys general pounced on Good Start, questioning whether it was really, as advertised, "hypoallergenic." The American Academy of Pediatrics pounced on Carnation for advertising formula to consumers at all. Often linked, these are two separate issues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1995
Two Lynwood residents were arrested Saturday after allegedly shoplifting $600 worth of baby formula from a grocery store then pulling a gun on employees in the parking lot and fleeing, police said. La Palma police officers arrested Oscar Bell, 42, and Laura Barnette, 33, after stopping the couple on the Artesia Freeway near Bellflower, said Fullerton Sgt. Bonnie Wolf. Smith's Food & Drug Center employees followed Bell and Barnette to the store parking lot at 914 W. Orangethorpe Ave.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1990
A United Nations conference to promote breast-feeding denounced last week the practice of distributing baby formula free to new mothers, particularly those in developing nations. The conference urged closer regulation of the marketing of baby formula to encourage breast-feeding, which is considered a key to lowering infant mortality. Doctors said even mothers who have tested positive for the AIDS virus should breast-feed.
WORLD
August 7, 2013 | By Jung-yoon Choi
SEOUL -- North Korea lifted a ban in place since April at a joint industrial complex it shares with South Korea and agreed to talks with the South next week on normalizing operations. Nine days after South Korea's "last call" for negotiations over the Kaesong complex, Pyongyang proposed talks on Aug. 14 in Kaesong through its Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, the country's organization that deals with South Korea.  It said it would allow Southern enterprises to reenter the region and guaranteed the return of the North's 53,000 workers.
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August 5, 2013 | By Kathleen McLaughlin, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details
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.
WORLD
March 4, 2013 | By John Hannon
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.
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February 28, 2013 | By John Hannon and Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
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.
NEWS
September 17, 2012 | By Laura Desfor Edles
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.
NATIONAL
September 8, 2012 | By Jennifer Delgado, Chicago Tribune
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1990 | CARLA RIVERA
The Orange County Rescue Mission has started a drive to collect baby formula for needy infants who are no longer eligible to receive nutritional assistance through a county administered food program. Mission spokesman Jim Palmer said his agency is seeking nearly 3,000 cans of baby formula to help children turned away from the Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Food Program, which last week was forced to reduce services because of a funding shortfall.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Swiss food and nutrition giant Nestle plans to shell out $11.9 billion to buy Pfizer's nutrition unit, whose products include baby formula brands SMA and Promil. The division is expected to reel in $2.4 billion in sales this year and gets 85% of its revenue from emerging markets, whose large and rapidly growing populations are a key target for Nestle. Pfizer has the fifth-largest infant formula business in the world, according to research group Euromonitor International, ranked behind Nestle, Mead-Johnson Nutrition Co., Groupe Danone and Abbott Laboratories, respectively.
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