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(translation) Soy Milk Demand Rise After Powder Milk Incident

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Source: Nanyang Daily, 9/22/2008

On September 19th, 2008, Sanlu company announced product recall of infant formula made before August 6th contaminated with melamine, which can cause kiney stone, renal failure, even death. Subsequent government inspections discovered affected infants across 10 provinces in 6244 cases, 158 with acute renal failure, 3 deaths. At the same time all powder milk were inspected, and melamine were found in 22 powder milk producers, including some name brands. The bureau of quality control also conducted emergency inspection of fresh milk and found some milk with melamine, raising this to a industry wide incident.

Many people have choose to “wean from milk”, as Mrs. Wu from City District who decided to stop feeding her child milk.

Soy milk becomes hot commodity.

This incident has hit the dairy industry hard, as many people like Mrs. Wu has decided to “wean from milk”. At Jiuyang Home Appliances the reporter met Mrs. Liu, who was there to purchase a soy milk blender. “Can’t drink milk, so I’ll make soy milk at home.” According to a salesperson soy milk blender sales have been brisk, sometimes selling 30-40 units a day: “We’ve sold out at times”, “when choosing an alternative to milk, soy milk is the first choice.”

Nutritionist from the First People’s Hospital says, while soy milk has less calcium than milk, it has many times more iron, copper, and trace element than milk. For menopausal women drinking soy milk may relieve symptoms like hot flash, mood swing, as soy protein lessen the effects of lower estrogen level. Because of the effects food safety has on people’s daily lives, dairy products market may take a long time to recover. With discovery of melamine in fresh milk, dairy products is affected industry wide. With dairy products affected by “problem milk powder” incident, soy milk is readily seen as a replacement.

As a traditional staple, soy milk has thousands of years of history in China. Since milk’s introduction from the west, there existed a competition between soy milk and milk. Objectively speaking, milk and soy milk each has its own benefits, and can not be replaced by the other. At the same time the main nutritional value that are interchangeable. Milk contains more animal protein and calorie, more fat and cholesterol. Too much cholesterol and fat may lead to high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia, obesity and pulmonary diseases. Soy milk contains vegetable protein and fiber, fewer calories, lower fat content and no cholesterol. Both have vitamin A, B1, B2, E, and beneficial elements such as calcium, Phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, iron, zinc, making them replaceable.

After the “problem milk powder” incident, people’s lack of confidence in dairy products will increase soy milk’s market share. As demand for food safety increases, market for soy milk blender will also increase. Jiuyang as a major manufacture of soy milk blender, have noticed increase in sales along with change in consumer habit. The Northeast as a soy bean producer, are helping the quality of soy milk by selling blenders and quality beans.

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10 Responses to “(translation) Soy Milk Demand Rise After Powder Milk Incident”

  1. Daniel Says:

    So I guess in chaos exists opportunity I suppose…for this post.

  2. Allen Says:

    I wonder if there is something intrinsic to the soy milk manufacturing processes that make it less likely to be contaminated. If not, does switching to soy milk necessarily make things safer?

  3. Chops Says:

    Dairy milk is different from dairy-based infant formula.
    Soy milk that is normally taken by adults, may likewise pose some risks for infants.

    “Soy infant feeding-which floods the bloodstream with female hormones that could inhibit the effects of male hormones”


  4. Kage Musha Says:

    And last week I read about a report saying that Soy products may affect the sperm production of males in a negative way 😛

  5. GNZ Says:

    All the better – more population control 🙂

  6. TommyBahamas Says:

    Kage Musha, I doubt the veracity of the report in question given the very fact that China being a major soy product consumer also produces the most babies in spite decades of implementating the one-child policy.

  7. Kage Musha Says:

    TommyBahamas, I know, so that’s why you have to take that report with a little bit of salt. Hence my razz emoticon.


  8. chorasmian Says:

    Do you guys know that most of soy milk is home made?

  9. Michelle Says:

    Tommybahamas: “I doubt the veracity of the report in question given the very fact that China being a major soy product consumer also produces the most babies in spite decades of implementating the one-child policy.”

    The reason China produces the most babies is probably because China has the most people (i think). As far as birth rates go, China is on par with Europe, Japan and Canada in negative population growth, i.e. fewest babies being born, whereas Subsaharan Africa and the middle east have the highest fertility rates.

    Soy milk does raise estrogen levels – women who have had breast cancer / post-menopausal women are cautioned against drinking it for that reason, perhaps that might affect sperm count?

  10. TommyBahamas Says:

    LOL…Kage Musha


    I dunno where I read it, maybe it was here, refuting some of these so called adverse health claims that regular consumption of soy milk brings. Is it True/false/smear campaigns? — I have absolutely no idea. But here’s a personal experience. I have been having foot pain on and off. And one of the friendly advises I get is to eat less meat and stop drinking soy milk. Is it old wives’ tale, grandmas’ remedy or common TCM sense? Again, I have no idea. Thing is, I love soy milk and I’m not a fan of veggies. So, maybe there’s some truth to it, afterall.

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