This mum literally couldn’t believe her eyes when she was at Coles supermarket in Broadway, in Sydney’s inner west, on Sunday night.
Everywhere she turned there were customers sneaking baby formula by the dozen through the self-check-out.“My mother was with me and she said ‘let’s go back up and stop the other couple at the car’,” the mum-of-two tells Kidspot.
How did this shortage happen?
Coles and Woolworths have been forced to introduce a four-tin per customer policy following a massive shortage of baby formula at least two years ago.
When the shortage was as its peak – Coles had to restrict it to only two tins per customer.
The reason for the dire shortage is due to profiteers bulk buying formula to on-sell to China.
The Australian government told Kidspot at the time that it couldn’t intervene in the country’s snowballing baby formula crisis unless people attempt to export more than 10kg at a time.
Two years on….
So here we are two years later and it seems nothing has changed – and local mums and dads are still struggling to get their hands on the formula tins of formula for their little ones.
When the local mum shared what she witnessed just three days ago on Facebook – the reaction was overwhelming.“I see so many messages on Facebook of mums desperately searching for their formula brand when their child will not take anything else. They often share, reach out and tell other mums when they find some brands but really when is this going to stop?” she asks.
“I have had many friends whose children simply don’t drink just any formula and will not feed at all until the formula is found. They have resorted to sending extended family to other areas and asking relatives on the other side of Sydney to look locally.”