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Danone, Nestlé, FrieslandCampina facing Chinese infant formula pricing probe

June 30
14:43 2013

A host of infant formula manufacturers, including Nestlé, Danone, and FrieslandCampina, are under investigation in China over the high pricing of infant formula and suspected anti-trust violations.

According to reports from China, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has launched a probe into the pricing practices employed by infant formula manufacturers, Danone, Mead Johnson, Abbott Laboratories, FrieslandCampina, Nestlé-owned Wyeth, and Chinese firm, Biostime International.

DairyReporter.com understands that the NDRC is in the process of reviewing evidence that suggests the manufacturers in question drove up the retail price of their infant formula products in China.

According to reports, infant formula prices in China have increased by around 30% since 2008.

Formula manufacturers “cooperating”

The NDRC was unavailable to comment on the reports, but Nestlé, FrieslandCampina and Danone did confirm that an investigation into their Chinese pricing practices was underway.

All confirmed that they are “cooperating” with Chinese authorities.

“Wyeth Nutrition has been actively cooperating with NDRC’s on-going review of the industry,” a Nestlé spokesperson told DairyReporter.com. “It is not appropriate for us to comment on the details of this review at this stage of the process.”

A Danone spokesperson mirrored the statement issued by Nestlé, only stating: “We are providing full cooperation to the authorities.”

Responding to the reports, FrieslandCampina spokesman, Jan-Willem ter Avest confirmed that an investigation has been launched by Chinese authorities.

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