Date
19 January 2017
A total of 60 tons of baby formula and milk products were about to be shipped to China. Photo: xkb.com.au
A total of 60 tons of baby formula and milk products were about to be shipped to China. Photo: xkb.com.au

Australia halts 60-ton baby formula shipment for China

Australia has stopped 60 tons of baby formula and milk products about to be shipped to China amid reports of a shortage of supply in the country.

The Department of Agriculture did not say why it seized the shipment in Melbourne in November, but said it was “investigating recent allegations about noncompliant consignments being exported”, the Daily Mail said, citing a report from the Herald Sun.

“The role of this department is to ensure goods exported comply with the law, meet foreign government requirements, and are safe and accurately described,” a spokesperson for the department told the Herald Sun.

The report came as supermarkets are rationing the amount of baby milk powder customers can buy because of a shortage of supply.

Chinese visitors are known to be buying infant formula products in bulk in supermarkets overseas.

Last week, supermarket giant Woolworths was accused of racial discrimination after shoppers spotted signs in Mandarin and English showing different limits to the amount of baby formula products they are able to buy.

The sign in English reads: “Due to supply issues, sales quantities are limited to four units per customers for Infant Formula. We are working hard to be back in full supply as soon as possible.” 

However, the sign in Mandarin tells customers they are limited to two cans.

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Supermarkets across Australia are rationing the amount of baby milk powder customers can buy, because of a shortage. Photo: Daily Mail


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