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Australian supermarkets are still continuing to implement purchase restrictions on infant formula to meet "hot" demand, partly because international students and other Chinese purchase infant formula in large quantities and then resell it to consumers in China.

At present, whether in supermarkets or other sales points, customers have a limit on the quantity of milk powder that customers can buy at a time.

Kee Saw, a member of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce Victoria, said that international students buy milk powder from supermarkets and sell them to Chinese consumers overseas because they think Australian products are "clean, high-quality, and pollution-free."


But he said that the more important reason for the depletion of commercially available infant formula milk powder is that many Chinese will buy milk powder as a gift to domestic relatives and friends.

Saw said: "Australian manufacturers should set up online stores in China to meet this hot demand."

Simon Hansford, president of Milk Powder Australia, said that Chinese who brought milk powder back to China also liked buying adult whole milk powder.

"China has been working hard to stabilize its own dairy product production system, regulate the market, and produce its own brands, but the demand for Australian brands is still so great," Hansford said.


Australian dairy industry analyst John Droppert said he had heard gossip that some people sent formula milk overseas, but it was not as strong as the “relative boom” in the 2013-14 fiscal year.

"It is possible that purchase restrictions are also conducive to inventory management and can avoid sudden and unexpected purchases." Droppet said.

He reassures Australian parents and does not have to panic. The infant formula milk powder produced in Australia is sufficient to meet domestic demand and supply overseas.

But Australian mother Daniella Chapkoun believes that the purchase of milk powder is very annoying.


She once moved three cans of milk powder while visiting Greensborough Plaza Coles, but she was angrily learned at the cashier that the store only allowed to buy 2 cans of milk powder per order.

"I have three children under the age of five, and it is not easy to go out and buy things." Daniela complained.

Hampton's mother, Ebony Millis, was breastfeeding her 5-month-old son Hudson. For health reasons, she also allowed him to drink infant formula.

"I use an organic brand made in Australia, and I didn't have any trouble buying it, but I also noticed that other brands on some shelves, such as S-26, are already sold out."

A Woolworths spokesperson said that last year, they imposed a restriction on individuals buying up to four cans of milk powder at a time.

Customers of Chemist Warehouse can only purchase two cans of infant formula at a time. The restricted brands include Bellamy's, Nan and Karicare.

A Coles spokesperson said that due to "short-term" supply issues, customers can only purchase four cans of infant formula.

News compiled from "1688 Net"

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