Chinese dairy association head claims his own grandson drinks Chinese milk
Song Kungang, director of the China Dairy Industry Association, has claimed at an industry forum that his grandson drinks domestic milk in an attempt to reassure consumers about the quality of local dairy products.
Song made the remark at the ongoing 4th China Food Safety Forum in Beijing, according to local media.
“The current situation of China-made dairy products, quality and safety of infant formula milk powder is the best in the country's history -- consumers can buy” Song was quoted as saying.
Those remarks provoked controversy, leading Song to talk about his grandson's drinking habits to boost weak confidence in the scandal-tainted domestic dairy industry.
However, Song's “grandson” response seems to have been too weak and not enough to prove to the public the quality of domestic milk.
Here are some industry reactions:
Wang Dingmian, dairy expert:
“Foreign milk powder in the proportion of total sales of China’s infant formula milk market has increased to 60-65 percent. Domestic brands are expected within the next 3-5 years to destabilize the status of foreign brands.”
Gao Hongbin, deputy minister of Agriculture
“Five major issues exist in China’s dairy industry, concerning milk production, dairy processing, regulations, public opinion and consumers’ psychological expectations.”
Here are the reactions of Chinese netizens:
@ÁĹĎÁęôŚąÜśěźśéĘÁīĘŤÄÖÔľöI'm curious about where your grandson's milk comes from? Supermarket or particularly supplied?
@ÁÜäŚÜ≥ŤČ≤ÔľöDare you let your grandson every day in public drink domestic milk bought from supermarket? If you do treat other children as your own, then why is there so much toxic milk?
@MRś†Ď_śīě: Eh… Your grandson is not your biological?!
@śĶ∑šłäÁöĄśĻĖś≥äÔľöIn fact, China's milk is precisely ruined in your association's hands! Who told you to set a world lowest quality standard?