Chinese customs authorities have cancelled the export licence of Lactalis, which allowed the French dairy giant to export infant formula to the Chinese market. The French company is now locked out of the lucrative Chinese infant formula market.

Chinese authorities also cancelled the export licences of eight other foreign milk powder companies, including Hochdorf Nutrition in Switzerland and Agrana Starke in Austria. Chinese officials re-approved the export licences for a total of 55 milk powder companies to do business in the market.