The Beijing Times, a commercial spin-off of China’s official People’s Daily, reported on February 28, 2011, that 70 percent of Chinese they approached in their own survey of shoppers said they avoid domestically-produced milk products out of safety and quality fears. The Beijing Times survey pre-dated fears this month of alleged excessive levels of leather protein in China’s domestic milk supply. In recent months, mainland consumers have thronged to Hong Kong and Macau to purchase milk powder and formula, tightening supplies of products in the two cities. In this cartoon, by artist Kuang Ye (邝野), a terrified mother runs off with her baby in swaddling clothes as a huge can labeled “domestically-produced milk” looms up behind her.

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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