Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Is Contamination in Baby Foods Next? New Manufacturing Plant in China On The Way

One of the US's largest suppliers of infant formula is now investing $280 Million to build a nutritional manufacturing facility in China. This manufacturing facility, in Suzhou Industrial Park, Jiangsu Province, China, will primarily produce infant formula milk powder and other nutritional products. When completed, the site will be one of the world's largest nutritional manufacturing facilities.

The new facility will become part of Wyeth's global nutritional manufacturing and supply network and will feature high-technology manufacturing of milk powder for infants and young children.

I don't know about you, but reading this press release made me queasy. Although Wyeth Pharmaceuticals is passing it off as an attempt to fill the needs of the Chinese market, I suspect that it is simply another "offshoring" effort, and that this Chinese made baby formula will be in our market soon enough.

With all the concern about Chinese quality and product contamination, it seems absolutely crazy to start making baby formula in China.


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