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#1 Hum

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 23:33

Retailers in the UK are rationing sales of powdered baby milk because of a surge in demand in China.

Danone, the manufacturer of Aptamil and Cow and Gate baby milk powder, said most supermarkets were introducing a restriction of two cans per customer.

It said the limit was to prevent some individuals from bulk-buying baby milk for "unofficial exports".

Retailers were also capping sales of Nestle's SMA milk, despite the company saying there were no stock shortages.

Danone said in a statement: "We understand that the increased demand is being fueled by unofficial exports to China to satisfy the needs of parents who want Western brands for their babies."

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 02:04

Because everyone knows that China needs it more than the UK.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 02:20

^ How will they ever reach 2 billion without milk ?

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 02:45

it's really to stop people making a quick buck from such a sorry state of affairs and the desperation of chinese parents. seen the milk going for upto £50 to china.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 02:57

it's really to stop people making a quick buck from such a sorry state of affairs and the desperation of chinese parents. seen the milk going for upto £50 to china.


They stop the average person from taking advantage of the situation so those big corporations can?

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 02:57

or we could just make baby formula in countries that aren't China also? this is a problem with making every darn thing in China... you need to have more then one source for stuff to ensure supply...

or we just you know just breast feed kids and breast feed them longer... never got why people push baby formula so much when you have a natural supply at hand... only time you should absolutely need formula is when the mother has a health problem or something is wrong that prevents feedings....

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 03:03

Oh herro, we finally have something they need? Charge the **** out of them /notracist

or we could just make baby formula in countries that aren't China also? this is a problem with making every darn thing in China... you need to have more then one source for stuff to ensure supply...

or we just you know just breast feed kids and breast feed them longer... never got why people push baby formula so much when you have a natural supply at hand... only time you should absolutely need formula is when the mother has a health problem or something is wrong that prevents feedings....


Maybe I misunderstand your post, or I'm confused, it seems you think China is the one exporting, when I believe they are the one experiencing a shortage... hints why UK stores are putting a limit up to stop sales *to* China for mass profits.

*edit - granted if you only read the poorly worded title then responded, I understand.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 03:06

Parents should be breast feeding their children anyway.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 03:08

or we could just make baby formula in countries that aren't China also? this is a problem with making every darn thing in China... you need to have more then one source for stuff to ensure supply...



It's not made in China...

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 03:14

not every mother can breast feed you know. some have great difficulty with it, some have issues after the birth that keeps them in the hospital and their milk can dry up (it only takes a few days).

the issues is that Chinese milk is contaminated, or was contaminated in the past so parents are reluctant to buy and use chinese milk powders, so they are buying from UK where it's produced under license and to a stricter standard. more safety checks are done.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 03:16

They stop the average person from taking advantage of the situation so those big corporations can?

Future war effort has begun :rolleyes:

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 22:36

Oh herro, we finally have something they need? Charge the **** out of them /notracist



Maybe I misunderstand your post, or I'm confused, it seems you think China is the one exporting, when I believe they are the one experiencing a shortage... hints why UK stores are putting a limit up to stop sales *to* China for mass profits.

*edit - granted if you only read the poorly worded title then responded, I understand.


don't know why you don't understand? China is one of the largest makers of Baby formula, they could easily fill their own requirements if parents would go the breast feeding route, and more countries should step up production if its really needed, but they shouldn't need to use it unless they absolutely have to...

It's not made in China...


once again..... china is one of the largest makers of it, there is a reason why china has to import it, why? because a lot of them are coming out as tainted... if other countries would make more of it there wouldn't be a shortage...

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 22:39

once again..... china is one of the largest makers of it, there is a reason why china has to import it, why? because a lot of them are coming out as tainted... if other countries would make more of it there wouldn't be a shortage...


I was replying to your idea that everything is made in China.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 22:42

or we could just make baby formula in countries that aren't China also? this is a problem with making every darn thing in China... you need to have more then one source for stuff to ensure supply...

or we just you know just breast feed kids and breast feed them longer... never got why people push baby formula so much when you have a natural supply at hand... only time you should absolutely need formula is when the mother has a health problem or something is wrong that prevents feedings....


don't know why you don't understand? China is one of the largest makers of Baby formula, they could easily fill their own requirements if parents would go the breast feeding route, and more countries should step up production if its really needed, but they shouldn't need to use it unless they absolutely have to...



once again..... china is one of the largest makers of it, there is a reason why china has to import it, why? because a lot of them are coming out as tainted... if other countries would make more of it there wouldn't be a shortage...


I don't understand what you are talking about either.

How does, a demand for foreign made formula = a shortage = don't make everything in China = reason why UK retailers are limiting a purchase to curb unofficial export?

Alladaskill is probably right in his assumption. You didn't read past the thread title.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 22:47

Parents should be breast feeding their children anyway.


Not every can breast feed.
It's actually a very complicated procedure that not everyone is capable of doing, your comment seems to be that those who use formula are choosing to do, but most of the time this is not the case.

Seems to be some confusion as what is going on here as well.

The Chinese, who normally happily make their own baby formula, have a had a contamination issue, rendering a huge chunk of their produced formula un-consumable.
People have been buying up all the supplies in the UK and illegally been exporting it to China for a massive markup, causing panic buying and product shortages in the UK.