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Warning issued for imported NZ infant formula

(Xinhua) Updated: 2012-10-30 15:10

BEIJING -- China's consumer quality watchdog on Tuesday warned consumers to be cautious of infant formula entering the country from New Zealand.

Consumers should be careful when buying infant formula delivered from New Zealand by post to avoid safety risks and economic losses, Li Yuanping, spokesman for the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, said at a press conference.

The statement came as the Ministry for Primary Industries in New Zealand announced on Sept 28 that it will work with the New Zealand Customs Service to crack down on illegal exports of infant formula.

The MPI said that only registered exporters are allowed to export dairy products, including infant formula, as specified under the New Zealand Animal Products Act of 1999.

Companies breaking the law will be fined up to NZ$300,000 ($243,000), while individual violators will be subject to a maximum fine of NZ$50,000, the MPI said.

The MPI will decide whether to take legal action according to the circumstances, it said.

According to earlier media reports, MPI investigations revealed substantial growth in the amount of illegal infant formula exports in the past year, primarily to China, with unlawful trade valued at more than $150 million.

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