CCTV broadcasts fresh bribery claims against baby formula firm Dumex

French food group Danone says it is investigating Chinese state TV allegations that it bribed hospital staff to give its milk powder to new-born babies. Photo: Reuters

French food group Danone says it is investigating Chinese state TV allegations that it bribed hospital staff to give its milk powder to new-born babies. Photo: Reuters

Toh Han Shih reports: Chinese state media yesterday broadcast further allegations of bribery against Dumex, a baby formula subsidiary of French food and beverage giant Danone.

CCTV last week quoted a former Dumex sales manager alleging the company had bribed hospital staff in the city of Tianjin to feed its milk powder to newborn babies.

But the television channel yesterday expanded its claims, saying Dumex had paid out nearly 500,000 yuan in bribes in April alone to doctors and nurses in Beijing and five northern provinces – Heilongjiang , Hebei , Liaoning , Jilin , and Inner Mongolia – as well as Tianjin. Read the rest of this entry »