Friday, January 17, 2003

DDN | FDA searching for stolen baby food
"West Chester Twp. warehouse belongs to jailed Yemeni
By Wes Hills
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Dayton Daily News

Agents for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration searched for adulterated or repackaged baby food in the West Chester Twp. warehouse of a Beavercreek man the FBI is investigating on suspicion of funding a terrorist....

In addition to the 100 pallets of Enfamil and Similac infant formula, Griswold said law enforcement officers also saw in their earlier search "two or three machines used to reshrink wrap products, a stamping machine that imprinted the words "use by this date," a quantity of rubbing alcohol and what appeared to be new boxes used to package infant formula."

Griswold said that "certain criminal enterprises specialize in the illegal repackaging and resale of expired infant formula. These groups typically purchase large quantities of soon-to-expire and expired infant formula then repackage it so as to appear new. On other occasions, these enterprises steal such formula."

Griswold said there is "probable cause" to believe that the warehouse held evidence of "the possible adulteration, misbranding and counterfeiting of food products." [I keep coming across of reports of baby formula theft rings tied into with possible terrorist suspects. It's a bizarre thing. Is it just me, or is this a common occurrance?? - JC]
GKV Communications said it has been named agency of record for Martek Biosciences, business, 17/1/2003

"GKV will handle advertising and media buying and planning for Columbia-based Martek, which developed and manufactures two polyunsaturated fatty acids that are licensed and sold to seven infant formula manufacturers and used in a variety of foods and beverages for people of all ages.

Billings for the account were not disclosed."
Baby milk manufacturers are violating international marketing code
"Monitoring compliance with the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes in west Africa: multisite cross sectional survey in Togo and Burkina Faso BMJ Volume 326, pp 127-130
Manufacturers of formula milk are violating the international code of marketing of breast milk substitutes in west Africa, say researchers in this week's BMJ.

Two survey teams monitored compliance with the code, adopted by the World Health Assembly in 1981 to ensure the proper use of breast milk substitutes. The study involved health facilities, sales outlets, distribution points, and the news media in Togo (a country without legislation on the marketing of breast milk substitutes) and Burkina Faso (which has such legislation)."