Breast-milk Substitute

By King & Wood Mallesons’ Compliance Group

On September 16th,CCTV reported that in order to achieve long-term profits, many milk companies had bribed doctors and nurses. This was done without the knowledge of parents so that hospitals would feed newborn babies with the companies’ milk powder to make the babies dependent on it. On September 17, in order to solve this problem, the National Health and Family Planning Commission circulated a notice forbidding medical institutions and their staff from marketing and promoting breast-milk substitutes. The notice states that the “Mothers and Infants Health Law of the People’s Republic of China” and its implementing regulations, “Rules on the Marketing of Breast-milk Substitute,” should be implemented strictly. To the extent that medical institutions and their staff market or promote breast-milk substitutes, they will be sternly punished according to the law.
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