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Chinese moms confused over imported dairy ban

08-21-2013 15:37 BJT

By CCTV correspondent Teressa Siu

Chinese consumers say they can't trust foreign dairy following another case of contamination involving New Zealand's Westland Milk Products. For decades, Chinese consumers have favored foreign brands for reasons of luxury and safety. But some moms tell CCTV that it has never been this confusing in sourcing milk for their kids.

Chinese consumers say they can't trust foreign dairy following another case of contamination involving New Zealand's Westland Milk Products.

One more case of contamination linked to New Zealand.

More worries for China’s moms.

Chinese mom said, "This is the only retailer I could trust. I’ve stopped buying from online stores. It’s very hard to tell what is safe and what is not. Milk is the most important source of food for my kid and I have to buy even when there’s no sale."

She says with excess nitrate found in New Zealand’s Westland Milk Products, she’s beginning to lose faith in foreign goods.

Imported milk products are popular among Chinese moms as a direct result of rampant food contamination in domestic brands.

Baby formulas remain the biggest demand.

Strong reasons for New Zealand’s apology for the scandal involving dairy giant Fonterra.

Fonterra CEO John Spierings was in Beijing recently in an apparent gesture to restore consumer confidence.

Chinese mom said, "They should be more careful especially since they are producing food for kids. I’m glad I haven’t used their products but as a mom, I could relate."

New Zealand is carrying a joint-ministerial investigation on how Fonterra’s ingredients were tainted with a botulism-causing bacteria.

Details on why and how it all happened are expected at the end of the month.

The incident caused the New Zealand dollar to drop and a senior manager of Fonterra to step down.

Reporter: "Dairy products are NZ’s largest export to China, about 2.2 billion US dollars as of 2011. It’s still too early to tell whether the spate of contamination cases will have a long-term impact on consumer behavior."

But one thing that remains unchanged is a mother’s love for her child.

This mom says place of origin is not an issue.

She will choose the brand that leaves her kid unharmed.

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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