December 24, 2013
A Hong Kong court has jailed a woman for smuggling baby formula, the first time anybody has been sent to prison under the city’s ban on unlicensed milk powder export, officials said Tuesday.
The 37-year-old woman, whose nationality has not been disclosed, was jailed for five weeks after being found with four boxes of baby milk formula weighing 3.2 kilograms at the border crossing between Hong Kong and its neighboring mainland Chinese city of Shenzhen Sunday.
Hong Kong barred people from taking more than 1.8 kilograms of formula out of the city in March after a rush on milk powder by Chinese parents, distrustful of domestic milk brands due to a 2008 scandal involving formula tainted with melamine that killed six children and sickened 300,000 others.
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