Because of the Russia-Ukraine war, many Russian products have received a lot of attention from Chinese consumers, who support Putin. Among them, Russian milk powder is one of the best-selling products. It attracts many netizens because of the low price. There are online stores and livestream sales platforms are recording sales easily exceeding 10,000 products a month, according to China News.

However, according to Aboluowang, some netizens who bought Russian milk powder recently have said that the powdered milk they received does not taste good. Many people think that it is very pale, has a strange taste, and does not smell like milk. Most of the shipping places are from Heilongjiang, Henan, and other cities in the country. Some buyers even found that the packaging of some of these formulas is very unusual, and the words on the packaging are like using “google translate.”

On social networks, a famous blogger commented on this issue. He said that the protein content in Russian milk powder on an e-commerce platform is only 0.54%, equivalent to regular milk diluted 40-50 times. He asked if this can be called powdered milk. It’s more like a milk scented drink.

In addition, another blogger also said that not only powdered milk, but also “Russian sausages,” a very popular Russian product, are actually made in China! Besides, the problem does not only come from within China. This blogger also cited a figure, in 2016 Russian inspection departments reviewed 56,000 food companies in the country, and 66% among them violated food hygiene regulations and food preservation regulations.

China’s HC Food Industry Network also reported on November 1, 2016, that the Russian Federation Consumer Rights Protection and Public Welfare Supervision Bureau announced, from January to September 2016, the bureau issued about 42,000 administrative fines for violations of the health law. The total was more than $10.35 million, related to 5,500 food processing, catering, and trading enterprises, of which 1,600 businesses were asked to suspend business, and more than 50,000 batches of food that did not meet the requirements were removed from the shelves. During the same period, the bureau’s local branches detected about 100,000 violations by 43,000 companies.

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