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Nine Infant Formula Milk Powder in Hong Kong Tested Positive for Cancerogen

All 15 sampled infant formula products were detected positive for 3-MCPD, a kind of contaminant that may harm renal function and male fertility with Bellamy’s Organic containing the highest level of 120ug/kg. 9 of the sampled products that had cancerogen gylcidyl esters, included Snow Brand, Meiji, Wyeth, A2, Mead Johnson and Abbott. While the Consumer Council suggests that 3-MCPD level in food should be regulated, it seems that CFS will not take immediate actions to strengthen their supervision.

As revealed by the press conference held by Hong Kong Consumer Council on Aug. 17, 2020 [1], 15 infant formula products sold in Hong Kong were inspected and 9 of them were tested positive for cancerogen glycidyl esters (GE). The content of GE remained in the sample products ranges from 1.1 ug/kg to 29 ug/kg, with “Smart Baby” of Snow Brand to have the highest GE level. In spite of the detection, the GE residues do not exceed the maximum limit stipulated by EU which is 50 ug/kg.

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