China’s dairy industry making comeback

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China’s dairy industry was over-shadowed by safety scandals, including one in 2008 involving melamine-tainted milk, which killed six infants and poisoned 300,000 others. The scandal involved some of China’s biggest dairy companies and rippled across the world. Since then, the country’s dairy producers have been fighting to regain consumers’ trust.

Now, thanks to improved milk quality and testing, Chinese consumers are slowly regaining a taste for dairy products, according to a report by the China Daily available here. However, while dairy consumption is improving, it still has a long way to go.

In the past three years, the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture has carried out special test to ensure raw milk does not contain banned additives, including leather-hydrolyzed protein and melamine. By the end of 2011, the ministry had tested 56,000 random samples of raw milk, and all had tested safe.  

Many large dairy companies have also established their own dairies to help ensure a higher quality of milk, and some have imported dairy cattle from the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. For years, Chinese leaders have also encouraged more dairy consumption, including a set of nutritional guidelines released in 2007 that urged citizens to consume 300 grams of dairy per day. Read more here.

Even as milk production in the country is expected to reach 50 million tons by 2015, analysts are concerned that some dairy products may experience poor sales as safety-related dairy scandals continue to spook the public. As a result, products imported from overseas are now quickly becoming a top choice for consumers.

Read more from the China Daily here.

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Australia  |  September, 26, 2012 at 03:57 PM

My main concern would be for the treatment of the cow and her baby calf,China has a bad record in it's treatment of animals and I'don't think they would concern themselves about the poor little -bobby calves who aren't treated well in western countries either

John Q Dairyman    
Oxford ny  |  September, 26, 2012 at 04:16 PM

I wonder what the U.S. stance is on imported chinese milk. I know as a NY dairy producer that the quality standards are very high,and should be. However i believe that the US might say "if it meets your countrys standards then ship it right in"---They have done this before (not with milk ,but its coming) What else do we have to repay our financial debt to them -The only thing we have left is to purchase food from them---scary huh?

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