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Hong Kong arrests 64 for smuggling baby formula

Published on Jan 3, 2014 11:03 PM

HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong customs officials said on Friday they had arrested 64 people for unlicensed baby milk powder exports, in a move aimed to stifle the smuggling of formula before Chinese New Year.

The ongoing operation, which started Thursday, has already netted 64 people who attempted to bring a total of over 400kg of infant formula into mainland China.

Hong Kong barred people from taking more than than 1.8kg of formula out of the city in March after a rush on milk powder by Chinese parents.

Mainland Chinese are widely distrustful of domestic milk brands due to a 2008 scandal involving formula tainted with melamine that killed six children and sickened 300,000 others.

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