New Zealand infant formula found to have low iodine content

Issue Date 4.9.2012
Source of Information

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS)

Food Product

Powdered infant formula

Product Name and Description

Product name: WIOM Infant formula Stage 1 (from birth to 6 months)
Manufacturer: WISDOM Dairy (NZ) Ltd.
Place of origin: New Zealand
Net weight: 900 grams
Use by date: May 24, 2013
Batch number: 43862

Reason For Issuing Alert

Testing results showed that the concerned infant formula has low iodine content and could have potential adverse health effects on infants.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

The CFS has informed the relevant importer of the test results and learnt that only one batch of products as indicated above has been imported into Hong Kong. The importer has now stopped sale of the products concerned and initiated a product recall.

The CFS has also informed the New Zealand Consulate General of the test results for follow-up actions.

The CFS will continue to keep in view infant formulae available in the market and conduct test once products that have not been tested are found.

Advice to the Trade

Stop selling the concerned product.

Advice to Consumers

Parents should stop feeding their babies with the concerned product and change to another brand of cow milk-based formula with adequate iodine content.

Consumers may call the importer’s hotline: 3904 2888 for enquiries about recall arrangements.

Further Information

The CFS press release

Iodine in Infant Formula

For enquiries about iodine in infant formula, consumers may call the CFS enquiry hotline (3978 0600) and the Department of Health hotline (2125 1111) for any related enquiries.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department