- CNTV English - CCTV News

Danone bribes hospitals to push baby milk

09-17-2013 08:15 BJT

Watch Video

Play Video

A new baby formula scandal is involving corruption in hospitals. More than 20 million babies are born in China each year. 70 percent of are fed with milk formula. The government has banned hospitals from marketing milk powder. But that hasn't stopped it happening.

This baby was born not long ago in Tianjin, and has just finished the milk formula given by a nurse.

Family member said, "The hospital prepared this, we know nothing about it."

CCTV asked around mothers and their families but none seem to have any knowledge about the first milk their baby receives.

"First milk? I don’t know. I never asked them, the hospital must have arranged this. They never asked me."

Most of of the time, the newborns are in this room, fed with milk powder provided by the hospital. The mothers don’t have a say.

Investigations lead to a contact who used to work for the dairy company Danone Dumex as a sales manager. She told CCTV this disturbing fact.

"You give money. Every year we worked with the hospitals and gave them money. Hundreds of thousands, there’s a secret agreement."

That secret is explained on this sheet the contact sent us.

It’s a name list of the doctors and nurses who receive money from the dairy company under the guise of "sponsorship".

Pretending to represent a dairy company, Our reporter also contacted one of the doctors on the list who agreed to meet up.

"You can sponsor academic activities at the hospital. 10,000 to 20,000 yuan.

This nurse says they receive kick-backs if they successfully introduced one can of powder to the baby’s parents.

This is confirmed by a shop owner in the hospital.

"You have to get the nurses to promote for you. Otherwise, this brand, for instance, only one can was sold in half a year."

Cut-throat competition between dairy companies for the first feed of milk a baby takes. Another former business practitioner tells us why.

"As soon as the baby is born, it doesn’t matter if you agree or not, it doesn’t matter if the mother can breast feed or not, the baby is fed with milk powder. It’s the norm."

Reporter," When the first sip is from Dumex, what impact will it have on the baby?"

"She’ll reject the mother’s breast milk, the taste is different."

After this story was broadcast, Our reporter approached the Beijing office of Dumex.

There were clearly people inside, but no one came to the door.

And so far, calls to the office chief have gone unanswered.

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source:

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program