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China tightens controls on imports of baby formula as Beijing tries to rebuild dairy industry
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 12:03 AM EDT
China has tightened controls on imports of infant formula in a move a New Zealand industry official said might block some of its suppliers.
The move comes as Beijing tries to build up its dairy industry following a 2008 tainted milk scandal that killed at least six babies. Many parents switched to buying imported formula.
A list released by the government showed most major foreign suppliers have successfully registered.
But an industry group in New Zealand, a major dairy exporter, said only six of its 13 suppliers were approved. The group's chairman said the change could result in some shipments to China being blocked.