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HK recalls two Japanese infant formulas for insufficient iodine

2012/08/08 22:02:44

Hong Kong, Aug 8 (CNA): The Hong Kong government has ordered the recall of two Japanese brands of infant formulas that were found to contained very low levels of iodine, an important nutrition for babies.

The brand names are Wakado and Morinaga.

The Centre for Food Safety has recently tested 14 brands of powdered milk and discovered that six of them had iodine level below the standard proposed by Codex, which sets international food standards.

The secretary of food and health, Ko Wing-man, said at a press conference that parents should immediately stop feeding their babies with the two infant formulas.

He noted that as iodine deficiency may cause thyroid hormone deficiency and affect brain development.

Ko said the Hospital Authority has designated clinics in the maternal and child health centres for parents who want to have their babies checked.

Ko estimated that about 1,000 babies had taken the two products.

(By Stanley Cheung)