HONG KONG: Hong Kong announced measures yesterday to curb the amount of baby formula that mainland Chinese visitors are buying as anger grows at shortages in the city’s stores ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday.
Chief among the measures is a plan to change the law to restrict the amount of baby formula that individuals can take out of the city.
Food and Health Secretary Ko Wing-man said legislation would be amended to prohibit taking more than two can of formula past Hong Kong’s borders.
Mainland Chinese have increasingly looked abroad for baby formula following a series of tainted-formula scandals.
In 2008, tainted formula killed six babies and sickened another 300,000 infants in China, and last summer, Yili Industrial Group recalled infant formula because of unusual levels of mercury.