Possitive Effects of China’s Contaminated Milk Scare

The contaminated milk issue in China refuses to die down despite several attempts by the Chinese government to assure comsumers on the measures that are being put in place by government officials to prevent the same incidents from happening again in the future.

In the Philippines, one possitive effect of the contiminated milk issue is the action of the Department of Trade to issue a directive to all importers of Chinese products to follow certain guidelines before these Chinese products are brought into the country. Although the order was issued much earlier this year, its strict compliance was triggered by the recent contaminated milk issue.

One of the new requirements for the approval of imports from China is the rule on product labels. The directive orders all manufacturers, importers, distributors and repackers of consumer goods to indicate in their labels or packaging, a parallel translation in English or Filipino language, of the nature, quality, quantity and other relevant information about the product.

This directive is a welcome develoment because consumers will know and understand the information about the products which, in most cases, are described in Chinese characters.

Also, the importers of these products are required to make arrangements with the exporters or their principals, to indicate the country of origin, expiration date, warranty, weight, contact details, etc.

The Department of Trade in the Pilippines also announced that non- compliance with these directives will result in the seizure and confication of these goods.