This is what happens to half of Australia’s baby formula

The Washington Post
Rachel Premack

Australian formula is much cheaper than the Chinese product. Chinese moms also trust it more. As a result, 27 percent of Chinese say they’ve purchased baby formula online, according to a Nielsen report.

Half of Australia’s formula sold at retail goes to China through consumer-to-consumer channels, the Sydney Morning Herald revealed last year, with Chinese demand for the product accounting for more than $200 million in sales in 2015.

Not everyone is pleased about that. Some Australians are unhappy that their supermarkets’ shelves are being emptied for what some call “smuggling” purposes, and the Chinese government says it is being deprived of tax revenue on the product.

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