A spike in Chinese demand for baby milk nearly exhausted supplies at Australian supermarkets and pharmacies on Thursday. South China Morning Post reports:
Nutricia, supplier of top-selling formula brand Karicare, said there had been a sudden surge in demand for its products which had seen stocks plummet and left shelves empty.
Media reports said Chinese residents or tourists in Australia were buying formula in bulk and shipping it back to their native country for family or sometimes sale online.
“Chinese visitors buy as many cans as they can fit into their luggage to take back to China,” one manager of a pharmacy near a major international hotel in central Sydney told the Daily Telegraph newspaper.
No need to cry too much over spilled milk stocks though, as supermarkets are currently ordering extra deliveries. For the time being, some pharmacies are limiting purchases of certain brands to a few cans per person.
The surge in demand is a clear response to China’s myriad tainted milk scandals, which we’ll hopefully see fewer and fewer of with the new tainted food crackdown. At the moment, however, the future of food safety in China appears as murky as its milk.
Benjamin Cost is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected].