More baby formula bound for China


BABYfomA2 MILK has had its application to continue selling infant formula products in China approved by the nation’s regulatory body.

THE A2 Milk Company has had its application to continue selling its infant formula products in China approved by the Asian nation’s regulatory body.

The mandatory application to the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) was submitted in May by formula manufacturer Synlait Milk, which has been in partnership with A2 Milk since 2010.

All manufacturers of infant formula must register brands and recipes with the CFDA in order to import products into China from January 1.

“We look forward to the continued expansion of our business in China following this announcement,” A2 managing director Geoffrey Babidge said.

The registration is part of broader efforts by China to lift food safety standards after a number of scares including the death of infants from ingesting infant formula laced with melamine in 2008.

In the 12 months ended June 30, A2’s sales from China and other Asian markets jumped to $88.9 million from $38.2 million. Its overall revenue gained 56 per cent while profit tripled to $90.6 million.