Posted by: Frederik Balfour on April 7, 2009
China has shown it can act very quickly to protect the public from tainted foods when it wants to—-and when there are no vested domestic interests at stake. According to the official China Daily English language newspaper, the distributor of a NUK, a German-made powdered baby formula has ordered a nationwide recall of the product believed to contain traces of asbestos. The order came just one day after South Korean media revealed that the NUK brand was allegedly contaminated. China’s General Administration for Quality Supervision Inspection and Quarantine has launched a full investigation.
Kudos should go to both the distributor, Suzhou Dabao Baby Supplies and to the Chinese authorities for moving swiftly to protect the public. The speedy response to this potential health threat is a welcome development when you consider how China deliberately covered up the existence melamine-tainted milk supplies for several weeks last summer that resulted in the deaths of at least six babies and caused severe illness among hundreds of thousands of other infants. It makes you wonder if the melamine scandal would have come to light much sooner had it involved foreign manufacturers instead of local ones.