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Strong condemnation! Nestle is fighting back today

Today, Nestle China is rarely angry. The world’s largest food producer has issued a “strong condemnation” statement in the Chinese market.


The statement was triggered by the announcement of “notice on the removal of Jiabao brand infant rice noodles from shelves” issued by the “maternal and infant industry committee of China Business Economics Association”. Nestle said in the statement that the organization does not exist and that its practices violate relevant laws and regulations. The company has reported to relevant national departments and reserves the right to resort to law. It also

In fact, what caused this incident was an earlier report from the House Oversight Committee. However, a number of well-known international complementary food manufacturers for infants and young children have also “countered” the report one after another. Now, let’s take a look at the details.


Nestle response


This morning, the topic of “Jiabao rice noodles being taken off the shelves” was hot searched on Weibo. China’s official account of micro-blog’s infant and young rice noodles was released yesterday, according to netizens’ WeChat. 》One article.


According to a document with the red seal of “maternal and infant industry committee of China Society of business economics” and signed on February 6, 2021, recently, according to foreign media Reuters and domestic media Xinhua news agency, the US House of Representatives supervision sub committee pointed out that nurse, Hain cellular and beech nut are the most important members of the Committee The levels of toxic and harmful metals in nutrition and Nestle’s Gerber products have reached dangerous levels and “long term consumption may cause devastating damage to the baby’s brain”.

“Therefore, in line with the original intention of caring for the healthy growth of babies, the maternal and infant industry committee of China Society of Business Economics ordered all member units to remove Jiabao brand infant rice noodles from the shelves.” The document claimed, but it did not specify the legal basis for the decision, nor did it indicate what would be done to other reported brands.


So, what is the background of this organization? According to the official website of the maternal and infant industry committee of the China Society of business economics, the organization was established by the China Society of business economics. Today, xiaoshidai repeatedly called the China Society of business economics to inquire about this matter, but no one answered the phone.

Nestle China also sent a response statement to Xiaoshi Dai today in response to the organization’s notice, saying that according to the information publicized on the national social organization credit information platform of the Ministry of civil affairs of the people’s Republic of China, the maternal and infant industry committee of the China Society of business economics does not exist, and the China Society of business economics is listed in the list of serious violations of law and dishonesty.

The statement also quoted the provisions of the “food safety law of the people’s Republic of China” and pointed out that “the practice of the so-called maternal and infant industry committee of China business economics society is in violation of relevant laws and regulations. This organization confuses the public and seriously damages the brand reputation of our company. We solemnly protest against the agency’s actions. In this regard, we have reported to the relevant state departments and reserve the right to resort to law. “


In response to the notice, Garbo also issued a response statement on official wechat and microblog this morning, stressing that domestic Garbo and American Garbo meet relevant standards.


“The domestic Jiabao products sold in the Chinese market are in line with the national food safety standards for infant supplementary food. Garbo products produced in the United States are safe and meet all the requirements of the U.S. Food and drug administration. ” Nestle China said that “Garbo products have strict monitoring measures in all aspects of the raw material planting and production process.”


The company also said that in its response to the U.S. Congress survey in 2019, it mentioned that the relevant elements naturally exist in the soil and water where crops grow, and it has taken a variety of measures to minimize their content, including: prioritizing planting sites according to climate and soil composition; selecting fields that pass soil tests before crops are planted; and according to the existing optimal technology Crop rotation by scientific methods; detection of agricultural products, water and other ingredients.


Zhong Kai, director of Kexin food and health information exchange center, said today that according to the risk assessment and process status, the national standard for infant cereals has been formulated, which can not only protect health, but also be reasonable and feasible. He also pointed out that in cereals for infants and young children, the heavy metals required by the national standard often appear and may bring health risks.


According to the current “infant cereals auxiliary food GB 10769-2010” in the pollutant limit standard, lead, inorganic arsenic have corresponding upper limit index. In addition, in 2018, the National Health Commission and the State Administration of market supervision and administration also issued the temporary limit value of cadmium in cereals for infants and young children, which is 0.06 mg / K.


Photo source: supplementary cereal food for infants and young children GB 10769-2010

Dispute Report


So what happened to the investigation report that triggered this heated debate?


A report released by the house of Representatives Sub Committee on economic and consumer policy supervision on Thursday found that “toxic heavy metals” in some baby foods are at dangerous levels, which may cause nervous system damage, and called for the establishment of new standards and testing requirements, Reuters reported.


According to the report, the products under review came from nurse, Hain cellular, beech nut nutrition and Gerber.


According to the report, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that inorganic arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury are dangerous, especially for infants and children, and has previously set guidelines for the content of inorganic arsenic in infant rice noodles. However, Zhong Kai said to the snack agent today that the United States has not yet issued a standard for complementary food for infants and young children.


The report says the FDA needs to do more. “So far, there are no labels or warnings for parents on baby food containing toxic heavy metals. The manufacturer can only test the raw materials and not test the vast majority of baby food. ” The report said.


In response, an FDA spokesman said the report was being evaluated. “We acknowledge that more work remains to be done, but the FDA reiterates its firm commitment to continue to reduce consumer exposure to toxic elements and other contaminants in food.” FDA said.


In the above report, the four companies named also responded separately. “Disappointed with many inaccuracies in the report, the way the data were chosen and the bias in tone,” said Xibei, whose food is safe for infants and young children. The brand also added that it welcomed “more standards from FDA.”.

Xibei China also said in response to snacks, “Xibei always puts the health and safety of infants and young children in the first place. All products sold through official channels of Xibei China have passed strict testing, and the results of various testing indicators are in line with the relevant safety standards of infant food in the country of origin and the relevant laws and regulations of China, so consumers can rest assured to use them. “


Haienshifu said the report “detects outdated data and does not reflect the company’s current practices” and has taken several steps to reduce the content of heavy metals in finished products, including eliminating the use of brown rice to produce rice based products.


In response, Garbo said the problematic elements are naturally found in the soil and water where crops are grown and have been “reduced” in a variety of ways. Beech Nutt nutrition, on the other hand, said it was evaluating the report and working with other companies to study “scientific standards that can be enforced by food suppliers in the industry.”.

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