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Hong Kong to Ensure Food Supply as Japan Limits Milk Exports

March 22 (Bloomberg) -- Hong Kong’s government said it will ensure residents have access to alternative food supply as Japan may limit exports because of the earthquake and nuclear crisis.

Japan may cut its supply of milk formula to Hong Kong as the quake-stricken nation keeps stocks to meet domestic demand, the Hong Kong government said in a statement. Alternatives from other countries are sufficient to meet the city’s needs, the government said after a meeting between suppliers and Permanent Secretary for Food and Health Marion Lai.

Japan’s nuclear-safety agency said the nation will limit distribution of spinach and milk after samples from the area near the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant were found to have higher-than-normal radiation levels. Hong Kong families rushed to stock up on Japanese infant formula after the March 11 quake, buying a month’s supply of Megmilk Snow Brand Co.’s products in two days.

The Hong Kong government will continue to monitor the food markets and act if there’s a need, the statement said. Lai met representatives from companies including Mead Johnson Nutrition Co., Nestle SA and A.S. Watson Group, it said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sophie Leung in Hong Kong at sleung59@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Panckhurst in Hong Kong at ppanckhurst@bloomberg.net

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