China approves a2 Milk Company product

ALAN WOOD
Last updated 09:46 22/07/2014

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NZX-listed The a2 Milk Company has been approved to be a manufacturer of a finished infant-formula product to China, the company said today.

Manufacturers of New Zealand infant formula exports to China were this year hit by new rules introduced by Chinese officials. Some manufacturers were approved in an initial list by the Chinese and others were not.

The a2 Milk Company said it had achieved approval from regulatory agencies in China to resume shipments of the a2® PlatinumTM-branded infant formula.

The a2-branded product would be imported by its distributor, China State Farm Shanghai. Notification of the approval was received from China General Administration for Quality Inspection and Quarantine.

The a2 Milk Company had sought registration directly in association with Synlait Milk, its a2® PlatinumTM infant-formula processing and manufacturing partner, and Synlait Milk's interim contract provider, Auckland-based New Zealand New Milk Ltd.

New Milk early this month achieved manufacturer registration from China as an overseas manufacturer of infant formula.

Dunsandel-based Synlait Milk is also chasing the same registration in conjunction with the building of a new powder canning plant south of Christchurch.

The a2 Milk Company managing director Geoffrey Babidge said registration would provide an important confidence boost for the company's distribution partner, China State Farm, and its sub-distributors in China.

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