Nutricia ready for surge in baby milk powder demand

A new run on Dutch baby milk powder is expected following a ban by China on imports from New Zealand and Australia.

China introduced the ban at the weekend after a bacterium that can cause botulism was found in baby milk powder shipped from New Zealand manufacturer Fonterra. China imports 90% of the milk powder it consumes from Fonterra.

Earlier this year the Telegraaf reported that Dutch baby food maker Nutricia was shipping containers of milk powder to China leaving Dutch shops to deal with shortages.

The Chinese import of baby milk powder soared in 2008 when thousands of Chinese babies were admitted to hospital with melamine poisoning after drinking milk made with home manufacturered products.

FrieslandCampina, makers of Nutricia baby milk powder, says it is taking into account any increase in demand from China.



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