French milk powder producer Danone bribed Tianjin hospital staff: Chinese TV
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The official China Central Television (CCTV) said on Monday that French food group Danone SA had bribed doctors and nurses to recommend its Dumex milk powder brand at a hospital in a northern Chinese city.
In a TV report, it cited an unidentified former Dumex sales manager as saying that the company had paid medical staff at the hospital in Tianjin to give its products to newborn babies.
"Every year we would cooperate with the hospital, and give them gifts of money, each year amounting to several hundred thousand yuan," the former sales manager was quoted as saying in the report.
"We would come to tacit agreements, because in Tianjin competition is now so fierce. Every (hospital) floor would be divided up between milk powder brands, and if you didn't give a suitable amount of money, then perhaps the next month they would switch brands to someone else," she said.