Japan to Have First Dometically Made Liquid Baby Formula in Spring
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Tokyo, Nov. 20 (Jiji Press)--Ezaki Glico Co. <2206> would be the first Japanese company to make and sell liquid infant formula in Japan.
After obtaining permissions from the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry and the Consumer Affairs Agency, the food and dairy product maker aims to launch liquid baby formula as early as next spring.
Industry peers Meiji Co., Morinaga Milk Industry Co. <2264> and Megmilk Snow Brand Co. <2270> are planning to follow suit.
On Monday, Ezaki Glico exhibited a sample product and 125-milliliter paper cartons scheduled to contain the formulated milk at a press conference in Tokyo held jointly with Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward, the Japan Dietetic Association and other parties.
Noting that a final product is expected to remain fresh for six months after production unless the carton is opened, Ezaki Glico said the product will be added to the ward's emergency food reserves under an initiative to protect lives of babies from disasters.
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