Shanghai Probes Nestle Sales of Substandard Infant Formula
Chen Juan
/SOURCE : Yicai
Shanghai Probes Nestle Sales of Substandard Infant Formula

(Yicai Global) July 26 -- Milk powder producer Nestle (China) Ltd. is under investigation as two batches of its infant formula products were found to have lower nutritional content than their packages showed, Shanghai's food and drug agency said.

Two batches of Alfare infant formula products for special medical purposes sold by Shanghai Nestle Product Services Ltd. were found to have a selenium content of 0.438 and 0.464 micrograms per 100 kilojoules, 37.4 percent and 33.7 percent lower than a level of 0.7 micrograms per 100 kilojoules as shown on their labels, the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) said on its official website yesterday evening. Both levels fall short of national food standards, which require a level of between 0.48 and 1.90 micrograms per 100 kilojoules. Chinese regulations require that nutrients contained in such products must be no less than 80 percent of their indicated level.

The SFDA has sealed the two batches of products with a combined value of USD232,500 (CNY1.55 million) and will initiate investigations.

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