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Pop up baby formula shops have sprung up around Melbourne, specifically it seems to sell and ship the popular goods to China.

ABC news has reported on the existence of shops in Melbourne that appear to stock only baby formula on their shelves.  Clayton, a suburb in Melbourne’s south-east, has at least 10 shopfronts which sell and arrange to ship baby formula to China for customers.

The ABC also reports that store manager of one of these shops, James Shi, who works for Australia SFX Global Express has defended the business’s selling practices and said that the business is not responsible for any shortage in infant formula.

“I don’t think we have to take any responsibility, we just run our business, that is what we should do,” he said.

Denying reports that the shop had been selling baby formula to Chinese customers only, James said:

“We don’t say we prefer to sell to Chinese.  Our major customer is from China, yes that is a fact,” he said, “We just provide the postal services as well as a product which is very popular.”

So popular in fact, that the business has now also opened a second shop in Richmond, Melbourne.

Parents Australia-wide have complained publicly about a national shortage of certain brands of infant formula for months, with the product being so popular there is a prediction of the shortage continuing for another 18 months.

Major Australian supermarkets have put in place purchasing limits to try and ensure supply as reports continue to be made about tins selling online for inflated prices.

Jan Carey from the Infant Nutrition Council said manufacturers in Australia had already increased production to fill demand.

“All the manufacturers have increased their supply, and increased their production of formula to the best of their abilities,” she said.

  • I’m amazed this shortage has continued for so long. I was lucky that all my kids were breastfed, but I know it has caused a lot of worry for some parents.

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  • I suppose you can’t really blame him for wanting to Akers a buck, albeit a slightly grubby one.

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  • Wow I can’t believe this is even happening!

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  • Who would have thought that baby formula would appear in pop up stores but have a shortage in major supermarkets.


    • It is an interesting development and I would never ever have thought a pop up shop would be selling formula!



      • yeah it is just another avenue for profit.

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  • The S26 is the most popular and was recommended to me from day 1. Not a good situation if I had to count on it today .

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  • This problem would have to affect other countries too. Might have to come the ration books people had in the war, hand over a coupon and get your can of feed. Glad most of mine were BF I was lucky there , only had one at six months I had to get extra to as I had dried up. But still did not use formula as he hated the stuff.

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  • This situation is just a big balls up. Hope its sorted out sooner rather than later

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  • yep another day, another person profiting from these poor mothers. On either side of the fence.

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  • Given had baby formula shortage, these shops raise some pretty serious questions …

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  • This is an interesting story to follow and I do hope rules and regulations are being followed by those selling/exporting the formula.

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