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China probes alleged price fixing by foreign infant formula makers

BEIJING, China - China has launched an investigation into alleged price fixing by some foreign makers of infant formula, including Danone and Nestle SA, the country's top economic planning agency confirmed Wednesday. The state-run People's Daily reported Tuesday that companies also including U.S.-based Abbott Laboratories and Mead Johnson Nutrition Co., and Dutch-based FrieslandCampina are under investigation for allegedly violating anti-monopoly laws by charging high prices and limiting competition.

S. Korea pushes bill to enhance safety of imported food

SEOUL, June 17 (Yonhap) -- A group of 12 lawmakers are pushing to mandate foreign food makers or local importers to register information of their food with South Korea's food watchdog as part of efforts to enhance the safety of imported food. Foreign food makers or local importers are required to give information on location, manufacturing facilities and products to the minister of food and drug safety seven days before filing import declarations.

Chinese premier vows closer monitoring of baby formula safety, says it affects nation's future

BEIJING, China - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has vowed to tighten the monitoring of production of milk powder for babies and crack down on safety violators, saying the quality of infant formula affects the nation's future. Li's comments appeared aimed at trying to restore public confidence in China's dairy industry, which has been mired in product safety and image problems. Li told a meeting of Cabinet officials Friday that the quality of infant formula should be tested with the same standards used for medicines and that each step of the production process must be monitored.

KFC China sales crash 36% in April on bird flu fears

Sales of fast food giant KFC in China slumped an estimated 36 percent last month, according to parent Yum! Brands, as consumers shunned chicken due to the H7N9 bird flu outbreak in humans. For Yum overall, which includes other restaurant chains such as Pizza Hut, Chinese same-store sales -- a measure of turnover in established outlets -- fell an estimated 29 percent in April, according to an exchange filing on Friday.

Swiss baby formula 'adulterated by Chinese partner'

The Chinese partner of Hero Group, a major Swiss baby formula manufacturer, has been accused of deliberately mislabelling milk powder and a senior employee has been detained, officials said on Thursday. Authorities in Suzhou in eastern China, where the Xile Lier company is based, said the firm had committed multiple offences, the person in charge Mou Jun had been arrested, and almost 25 tonnes of formula seized.

Swiss baby formula 'adulterated by Chinese partner'

The Chinese partner of Hero Group, a major Swiss baby formula manufacturer, has been accused of deliberately mislabelling milk powder and a senior employee has been detained, officials said on Thursday. Authorities in Suzhou in eastern China, where the Xile Lier company is based, said the firm had committed multiple offences, its "responsible person" Mou Jun had been arrested, and almost 25 tonnes of formula seized.

Swiss baby formula 'adulterated by Chinese partner'

The Chinese partner of Hero Group, a major Swiss baby formula manufacturer, has been accused of deliberately mislabelling milk powder and a senior employee has been detained, officials said Thursday. Authorities in Suzhou in eastern China, where the Xile Lier company is based, said the firm had committed multiple offences, its "responsible person," Mou Jun had been arrested, and almost 25 tonnes of formula seized.

Swiss baby formula 'adulterated by Chinese partner'

The Chinese partner of Hero Group, a major Swiss baby formula manufacturer, has been accused of adulterating Hero's production and a senior official has been detained, state media said Thursday. State broadcaster CCTV said the Xile Lier company had been mixing out-of-date formula with supplies imported under its partnership agreement with Hero, and the Chinese firm's "legal representative" had been held for unspecified "criminal activities".

Shanghai finds another 800 dead pigs in river

Shanghai fished another 809 dead pigs out of its main waterway on Friday, bringing the total carcasses found this week to 8,300 in a scandal that has spotlighted China's troubles with food safety. The swine effluent discovered flowing down the Huangpu river -- which supplies a fifth of the commercial hub's drinking water -- has added the country's most popular meat to a growing list of food items rocked by scandal. "As of 3:00 pm today, another 809 floating dead pigs have been fished out," Shanghai authorities said on their Weibo account, a service similar to Twitter.

Dead pigs show dark side of China food industry

Thousands of dead pigs in a Shanghai river have cast a spotlight on China's poorly regulated farm production, with the country's favourite meat joining a long list of food scares. As of Friday, the number of carcasses recovered in recent days from the Huangpu river -- which cuts through the commercial hub and supplies over 20 percent of its drinking water -- had reached more than 7,500.
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