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Danone SA to Name New Management at China Unit after Bribery Scandal-Reuters

Monday, 14 Oct 2013 08:00pm EDT 

Reuters reported that Danone SA said it will appoint new management at its Dumex infant milk powder operation in China and has suspended a nutrition programme for mothers in the wake of a bribery scandal at Chinese hospitals. The company launched an investigation after the official China Central Television (CCTV) reported in September 2013 that Dumex had bribed doctors and nurses across hospitals in northern China to recommend its infant formula to mothers. Authorities in the northern city of Tianjin had punished 13 medical workers for taking bribes to recommend the infant formula. The CCTV report on Dumex led to Tianjin's government and police launching an investigation into the bribery accusations. The "serious violators" received penalties ranging from cancellation of medical licences to salary deductions, Tianjin's government said in a statement on its website. Several of them had to go through Communist Party disciplinary procedures. Local government investigators said the workers were among 116 people from 85 hospitals and health groups who took bribes from Danone SA to give talks to parents of newborns, recommend Dumex formula and give out product samples. World Health Organization guidelines, implemented in China, say doctors must advise new mothers to breastfeed unless there are medical reasons to use formula instead. 

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