Beijing's New Mission: Engineering Better Baby Formula

A row of imported baby formula at a supermarket in Hangzhou, China, on Dec. 3, 2013 Photograph by Imaginechina/Corbis

Beijing’s city government has taken on a new and novel mission: improving baby formula. An official from the Beijing Science and Technology Commission this week shared with China Daily its $1.6 million budget for a newly launched program to “study the ingredients and active constituents of the breast milk of Chinese mothers” and to create a “breast milk database” for scientists and nutritionists to reference in developing formulas.

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