Milk powder problem again!General Administration of Customs reminds “immediate suspension of consumption” of Abbott Baby products, Domestic brands expected to benefit?

2022-08-30 0 By

It has been nearly 14 years since the melamine incident in 2008, but such a long time can hardly make up for the harm caused by “toxic milk powder” to those children who were called “big head dolls”.According to media reports, the number of melamine victims is as high as 300,000!Now the milk powder problem again, “toxic milk powder” or appear in people’s vision again.The General Administration of Customs issued a notice on February 21, warning consumers to “not buy through any channels” and “immediately suspend consumption” of baby products owned by US company Abbott Laboratories.On February 18, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was investigating complaints of four infants infected with cronobacter and Salmonella, according to the announcement.All four infants reportedly consumed milk powder made by Abbott at its Sturgis, Mich., plant under the brands Similac, Alimentum and EleCare, the FDA said.The above products have not been exported to China through general trade after inspection by the General Administration of Customs;The special medical product produced by the company involved, Xikang Baby Tian infant nutritional supplement, has been exported to China, and Abbott China has launched its own recall.It is worth noting that not being exported to China through general trade does not mean that Chinese consumers cannot buy these products.The General Administration of Customs reminded consumers not to purchase the above infant formula through any channel for the time being.If you buy this batch of infant formula milk powder through overseas shopping and other non-general trade channels, immediately suspend consumption.If you buy the above special medical products, stop eating them immediately.’The General Administration of Customs will closely follow the progress of the FDA’s investigation and inform consumers in a timely manner,’ the statement said.According to public information, Kronobacter Sakazakii infection can cause meningitis, septicemia or necrotizing colitis in premature, low birth weight or immunocompromised infants, with a mortality rate of 40-50% due to enterobacter sakazaki-related diseases.Salmonella is a kind of enteric pathogenic bacteria, divided into typhoid salmonella, paratyphoid salmonella and non-typhoid salmonella and other types, different types of salmonella can cause typhoid, paratyphoid, fever, abdominal pain and so on.On the evening of February 18, Abbott China said that if consumers hold Xikang Babitian products valid after April 1, 2022, they can call the official customer service hotline 4008206111 for refund consultation, and Abbott will actively and properly handle relevant matters.The day before, Abbott recalled 3 milk powder in the United States.The voluntary recall will not affect any of Abbott’s nutritional products sold on the mainland, except sikang Baby Tian, an infant nutritional supplement, abbott China said.Abbott is voluntarily recalling some formula products, including Similac, Alimentum and EleCare, the company said on its website.According to abbott’s website, the company voluntarily recalled the milk powder after receiving four complaints.Notably, the FDA said in a statement that it was investigating consumer complaints.”All four cases related to these complaints were hospitalized, and one death may have been caused by Cronobacter,” the agency said.The FDA also said a review of Abbott’s internal records showed that conditions at the Michigan plant where the powder was produced were contaminated with Cronobacter bacteria.Cronobacter sakazakii, also known as Cronobacter sakazakii, can cause severe invasive infections and early death in infants.The most recent cronobacter infection in the United States affected four states in 2011.In the recall announcement, Abbott said tests conducted at the Michigan plant as part of its quality process found enterobacter sakazakii in non-product contact areas of the plant, but there is no evidence of salmonella and the investigation is ongoing.Abbott said it conducts extensive quality checks on each batch of infant formula, including microbiological analysis before release.All finished products are tested for Enterobacter sakazakii, Salmonella Newport and other pathogens and must test negative before any product can be released.In addition, retained samples related to three complaints of E. sakazakii tested negative for E. sakazakii.Retained samples related to the Newport salmonella complaint tested negative.Public information shows that the recalled “Xikang Baby Tian” is a special medical infant formula for premature babies in China, and the products have been removed from the shelves on e-commerce platforms such as Tmall and JD.com.Could Abbott be jettisoned, with domestic brands expected to benefit?It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time Abbott has had problems.On May 16, 2021, vanillin was found in the 900g product of Abbott Boonmerite Formula 1 in the spot inspection of The State Administration for Market Regulation in December 2020. Subsequently, The Shanghai Municipal Administration for Market Regulation imposed an administrative penalty on Abbott Trading (Shanghai) Co., LTD., confiscating the illegal income of 3,437,400 yuan and fined 9,093,100 yuan.Although the national standard does not explicitly ban flavoring in the second and third sections of milk powder, it does prohibit any flavoring in the first section of milk powder.Children’s intestines and stomach is fragile, fragrance is easy to stimulate the baby’s taste, resulting in the baby picky food, become a “heavy taste” of the baby.Adding flavor is the lingering “original sin” of Abbott milk powder. Some of Abbott milk powder has been adding flavor in front of the young generation of Chinese bao Ma who are pursuing the quality demand of natural, zero addition and fresh nutrition. Today, with transparent information, more and more consumers start to stay away from Abbott milk powder.As the saying goes, “food is the most important thing for people”, no matter who food safety is the top priority, let alone for babies.As a milk powder company, one mistake after another means that consumers will eventually abandon it.As the scandal deepened, “Abelaby-related baby products should be suspended immediately” became a top search on Weibo, and online discussions on “domestic brands” and “foreign brands” began.Some netizens said, “If you have no conscience, you should buy domestic milk powder. The quality inspection of milk powder in China is now very strict.”However, there are also a lot of netizens mentioned the sanlu milk powder, said that “I remember sanlu when the trouble is how big”.It is true that Sanlu milk powder did harm to many people and many families, but also gave domestic brands a heavy blow.But just because of this, milk powder enterprises need to face up to the problem and take warning.Now, in the past ten years, domestic milk powder has made progress after all.In fact, with the implementation of the new policy on milk powder, food safety problems occurred in imported brands, such as the “poisoned milk powder” incident in France in December 2017 and the fake milk powder incident in Spain in April 2018.Domestic milk powder has officially entered the recovery channel since 2016, and consumers are more willing to buy domestic milk powder brands.The concentration of China’s milk powder market is increasing, and the proportion of sales of domestic milk powder brands is also increasing.According to the data of Euromonitor, CR1076.9% of China’s infant formula market in 2020, the top five brands are Feihe, Wyeth, Danone, Junlebao and Aoyou.There are five domestic brands in CR10. In 2020, Feihe surpassed Wyeth to become the first, accounting for 14.80% of the market share, followed by Junlebao, which accounted for 6.9%, and Aoyou, which accounted for 6.3%.Open source Securities previously reported that the milk powder industry can enjoy the three-child policy liberalization dividend, domestic brands have great development potential with the decline in the baby birth rate, China’s milk powder industry volume price rise.With the liberalization of the three-child policy, the birth rate can be supported to some extent. The overall sales volume of infant milk powder industry may be more stable, and the milk powder industry can enjoy the dividend of the liberalization of the three-child policy with the continuous increase of the average price.In addition, in recent years, with the increasing acceptance of domestic milk powder brands, the rise of maternal and child channels, and the release of favorable policies, domestic brands have great development potential.(1) China Feihe: China Feihe is the leader of domestic milk powder with strong channel strength, brand strength and product strength.In the short term, we can continue to cultivate the infant powder mixing industry, stabilize the leading position in the strong region, develop the weak region, and continue to increase the market share;Long-term layout of children’s milk powder, adult milk powder and other second growth curve, development space is broad.(2) Yili Stock: The company adheres to the strategy of multi-business development. Apart from consolidating the core liquid milk business, it will continue to invest in potential products such as milk powder business to improve its core competitiveness