Li calls for checks on baby formula

AFP-JIJI

Premier Li Keqiang has called for strict monitoring of milk powder production, vowing to crack down on safety violators in a bid to regain public trust after a series of food safety scares in recent years.

A series of quality checks, including monitoring of baby formula products through electronic coding, were unveiled by Li at a Cabinet meeting Friday, as he called for tighter regulation on the industry, the state-run China Daily said.

A surge in demand for formula in China sparked by fears over the safety of domestic milk powder has seen shop shelves around the world cleared out by Chinese buyers and unofficial exporters.