(Yicai Global) Aug. 1 -- A Shanghai Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) investigation has exposed quality issues with milk powder made by international food and drink company Nestle SA [SIX:NESN].
Six batches of Taiwan-sourced milk powder from Nestle and its affiliated brand Klim were listed by the Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine's (AQSIQ) on its register of Rejected Foods and Cosmetics, which was released yesterday. The products, which weighed 10.82 tons, were rejected by mainland China for improperly using vitamin B2, B6 and B12. Nonconforming foods and cosmetics have been returned or destroyed at ports, AQSIQ said.
The nonconforming milk powder included one batch of Nestle whole milk powder that weighed 690 kilograms and five batches of Klim milk powders that were made in Taiwan and weighed 10.13 tons. They were imported by Fujian HIPP Biotech Co. and Pingtan Zongheng Import & Export Co., respectively.
The whole milk powder was not produced for the mainland Chinese market, and was made to meet different requirements, NetEase Finance quoted Nestle (China) Co. as saying.
"The batch of [whole milk powder] was independently imported by a Fujian-based importer that did not notify Nestle, let alone get our authorization," said Nestle China.
Nestle came under investigation last week for infant formula products that were found to have lower nutritional content than their packages showed.
Two special formula milk powders sold by Nestle were blacklisted by the State Food and Drug Administration for quality problems on July 18. Shanghai Pudong New Area Market Supervision Administration said it was investigating Nestle on July 25.
The marketing manager of Nestle China was sentenced last month for bribing hospital channels and illegally selling personal information to gain Chinese milk powder market share.