Wattle Health Australia step closer to exporting infant formula to China

LISTED dairy manufacturer Wattle Health Australia has moved a step closer to exporting infant formula to China.

Its packer, Blend and Pack, has received crucial accreditation renewal from the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA), licensing the company‘s plant for manufacture of dairy product for the Chinese market.

Blend and Pack is the first company in Australia to received a CNCA licence since China introduced new licensing arrangements to come into effect from January 1 last year.

Wattle Health Australia now only needs to get accreditation from the State Administration of Market Regulation before it can begin exporting infant formula into China.

It lodged its application with SAMR in October, 2017.

WHA executive chairman Lazarus Karasavvidis said, to get SAMR accreditation, dairy manufacturers must have their products made in a CNCA registered facility.

“No one in the globe has been allowed to export unless they had SAMR approval,” Mr Karasavvidis said.

“This (CNCA licence renewal) is quite significant for us.”

Mr Karasavvidis told the company’s annual general meeting in November WHA had complied with all requirements to get SAMR accreditation and remained confident of obtaining approval.

WHA had entered into a joint venture with Organic Dairy Farmers Australia to build a spray dryer in Geelong dedicated to the manufacture of organic milk powder.

The organic milk powder will be blended into organic infant formula.

Mr Karasavvidis said he hoped to eventually sell the organic infant formula into China.

As seen in The Weekly Times, January 8th 2019.