2020/06/06

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Baby products shop markets protein powder as infant formula


A baby products store in Hunan province has been fined a whopping 2 million yuan ($280,000) for advertising a protein drink as milk powder to parents of infants who are now suffering from developmental issues.
The store, named Love Babys Workshop (Ai Ying Fang) and located in Hunans Yongxing county, was marketing a powdered protein drink called Bei An Min to parents of babies with milk protein allergies as a safe and suitable substitute for infant formula.
According to a local news report last month, five infants who were put on the protein powder all developed medical problems including rickets, eczema, weight loss, severe vitamin D deficiency, and a skull deformity which has seen their heads swell to an abnormally large size.

Later medical investigations pushed back on the big-head doll disease claims, confirming only that the toddlers had developed symptoms related to delayed growth.
The maker of Bei An Min, a company called Hunan Waverock Health Industry, disavowed responsibility for the scandal, explaining that its product met national quality standards and was clearly marked as a protein drink.
Responsibility for the false advertisement then fell upon Love Babys Workshop, which had already removed the protein powder from its shelves. The store manager reportedly even told parents that she couldnt remember selling the product.
In fact, the store was found to have bought 47 tins of the protein drink from Hunan Waverock and sold them all by October of last year. Some of the infants had been taking Bei An Min for two years before they found out the truth.
One parent said that after six months of taking the drink, her child had stopped growing and still couldnt walk at 18 months old.

The story became one of the hottest topics in China last month. Nothing quite alarms the Chinese public like a milk powder scandal.

Most infamously, six babies died and hundreds of thousands fill ill in China in 2008 from drinking a Chinese infant formula brand that was found to be contaminated with melamine.


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