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Sunday, 25 April 2004

FAKE MILK BRANDS KILL


The BBC reports on a fake milk scandal in China which has already claimed the lives of 13 infants in Anhui province. Chinese TV reports indicate that 10 brands of fake milk powder were found on sale in Shandong province. The brands in question have not been named, but a BBC reporter suggests that the problem results from a combination of get-rich-quick business culture, poor consumer knowledge and slack supervision of products on the market.

The IPKat hopes that the Chinese authorities will recognise that intellectual property protection and the integrity of brands are notions that can benefit the Chinese consumer and that they do not exist solely to enrich greedy entrepreneurs.

How to make fake milk here
Dangers posed by genuine milk formula manufacturers here; Nestle's response here
Facts and myths of breast-feeding here


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