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China Removes 1,400 Baby Formula Products From Shelves

  • New rules remove 60% of infant-formula products from shelves
  • Overhaul comes as scandals persist after melamine poisonings
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Why China Took 1,400 Baby Products off Shelves

A safety overhaul of China’s notorious baby-formula industry removed about 1,400 products from store shelves this week, clearing the way for international brands such as Nestle SA and Danone to grab greater shares of a $20 billion market.

The regulations, effective Jan. 1, require factories making formula to register those products with China’s Food and Drug Administration and pass safety inspections. Plants are limited to working with three brands, and those brands can make only three different products each.