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Baby formula outrage


I don't know who else might be having this problem, but here in Australia, parents are outraged by Asian shoppers who are stockpiling baby formula which they will then send back to their home countries. This is leaving Aussie parents with nothing to give their babies and toddlers.

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Never really heard of anything like that, but I would imagine that near Russian border there must now and then be shortages of something, they do that much shopping trips to Finland.

However with the sanctions right now between EU and Russia, there may be stricter limits on how much stuff you can take across the border.

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Aussie baby formula is very popular in Asia, particularly China, and it sells for double the price people are paying here. Store shelves are literally being stripped bare despite there being a limit of two tins per customer.

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How very strange. I would imagine people can buy as much of that as they want and that the suppliers are only too happy to be making a profit from the sales. We have stores where people can buy in bulk, i.e. by the caseload, at reduced prices. I've never heard of people being limited to two tins per customer unless there was a general shortage of something, or the prices were drastically reduced.

Is formula imported into Australia, or are there manufacturers who can supply in bulk? I'm sure there's no shortage of cow's milk, or is there?
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I assume the suppliers would have some kind of import/export arrangement with other countries, but I'm not sure. These shoppers are making thousands of dollars snapping up Australian-made products (vitamins, baby formula, etc.) then selling it, usually online, for greatly inflated prices to overseas customers. Unfortunately it's perfectly legal for people to go in a shop, buy 2 or 3 tins of formula, pay for it then go back in and buy more. The shoppers continue to do this until the shelves are bare. Sometimes they'll do it before the products are even on the shelves. One local chemist recently got into trouble for allowing Asian shoppers to come in before the store's usual opening time. The shoppers were filmed walking out with large boxes of baby formula.

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I can't see why that's illegal. If people can't get food and other people are buying up the stocks and selling them, what does it matter if they're declaring their business on their taxes? Now that's what I'd have a problem with: that they're making money they're not declaring.
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Chinese parents see Australian and New Zealand-made formula as being safer than formula that's made in their own country. This is causing a shortage in baby formula which is why many chemists and supermarkets have a limit of 2 tins per customer.

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That's strange. I can't understand why the Aussie and NZ manufacturers don't simply export to Asia. They export your butter to us while we are more than capable of supplying our own needs, so why not the formula as well? Very strange.
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This whole thing started ten years ago when a handful of Chinese manufactures added various chemicals to their baby formula to increase the protein level. This resulted in six deaths and thousands of other children being hospitalised. Since then, Chinese parents have become too frightened to buy formula that's made in their own country.

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That's understandable. I asked my husband what he thought about this and his response was "why don't the manufacturers just export the product direct to Asia?" It sounds strange in capitalism that they can't do that. I suppose it's because the company isn't welcome in those countries. I'd still make it easier for people to send the products to their families abroad by making it not only more easily transported, but also cheaper with less complicated packaging. Children's lives matter more than fancy packaging.
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