The Chinese authorities are conducting a public consultation for the new food safety standards that it has drafted for a number of food items, including liquid infant formula, infant formula powder, and infant food.
Over 99.7% of the infant formula sold in China have passed sampling inspection as of December last year. But surprisingly, some of those made in Australia and New Zealand were among those which failed to meet the cut.
Danone Nutricia has plans to develop a full sheep milk infant formula range next year, following the recent launch of Karicare sheep milk for toddler, a new product made with 100% New Zealand sheep milk.
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and WeChat, the country’s messaging service giant, have jointly developed and launched the country’s first WeChat mini programme for infant formula traceability.
China has outlined a set of food safety proposals to achieve two main goals: to ensure that 98% of all products fulfil spot-check requirements by 2020, and that the nation's food safety standards will be regarded as the world's best by 2035.
Japan's Ezaki Glico is breaking the norm of selling infant formula at supermarkets and mum-and-baby stores, and will now sell its liquid infant formula under the label Icreo Baby Milk through a vending machine in Hokkaido.