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Furious mother slams Woolworths after backdown on milk powder can limit 

A mother is frustrated after visiting seven stores in search for baby formula and going home empty handed.

It comes after Woolworths and Coles supermarkets across Australia have lifted their two tin per customer limit to eight tins per customer. 

Samantha Mason posted an image of an empty Woolworths shelf to Facebook and has slammed the store for their insufficient stock.

Samantha Mason posted an image of an empty Woolworths shelf to Facebook and has slammed the store for their insufficient stock

It comes after Woolworths and Coles supermarkets across Australia have lifted their two tin per customer limit, to eight tins per customer

It comes after Woolworths and Coles supermarkets across Australia have lifted their two tin per customer limit, to eight tins per customer

Ms Mason claims that the issue has been ongoing since she gave birth to her son, and will now have to upset him by changing formulas.

‘This is getting ridiculous…I am now out of A2 formula for my son and have visited 7 stores,’ her Facebook post read.

In early August, Woolworths made the decision to change their purchase limit of baby formula from two cans per customer to eight.

‘This change is the result of improving formula supply in the market,’ a Woolworths spokesperson said.

‘We’ll closely monitor our on shelf availability and feedback from customers as we work through this adjustment.’

Ever since the limit has been lifted, parents across Australia are having to hunt for tins of baby formula.

‘I’m finding the shelves to be empty far more often than they are stocked,’ Ms Mason told Daily Mail Australia.

Ms Mason (pictured) has frequented Coles, Woolworths, Big W, IGA and chain chemists in order to find their preferred formula

Ms Mason (pictured) has frequented Coles, Woolworths, Big W, IGA and chain chemists in order to find their preferred formula

Woolworths and Coles supermarkets across Australia have lifted their two tin per customer limit, to eight tins per customer

Woolworths and Coles supermarkets across Australia have lifted their two tin per customer limit, to eight tins per customer

Ms Mason and her husband have frequented Coles, Woolworths, Big W, IGA and chain chemists in order to find their preferred formula. 

‘My husband’s record for formula trawling is 13 stores in one day,’ she said.

The purchase of baby formula has been a hot-topic issue for months, after the demand for the Australian product grew in China.

It is believed to be safer and more pure than China’s local products,  

Professional shoppers are known as ‘daigou’ – a Chinese word that translates to ‘buying on behalf of’.

Chinese Sydneysiders are frequently seen buying up produce from Australian chemists and sending them back home, or advertising them on social media to make themselves a sizable profit. 

In mid August, members of a baby formula 'cartel' were caught on camera stealing tins of the powdered product to sell on the overseas market (pictured)

In mid August, members of a baby formula ‘cartel’ were caught on camera stealing tins of the powdered product to sell on the overseas market (pictured)

Chinese Sydneysiders are frequently seen buying up produce from Australian chemists and sending them back home

Chinese Sydneysiders are frequently seen buying up produce from Australian chemists and sending them back home

In mid August, members of a baby formula ‘cartel’ were caught on camera stealing tins of the powdered product to sell on the overseas market.

Security footage captured in a number of Sydney supermarkets shows what appears to be a gang of tradesmen in high-visibility clothing stuffing cans of formula into their bags and casually walking away. 

In attempts to combat stockpiled baby formula, where some footage showed customers grabbing it off the trolleys before it could even reach the shelves, major supermarkets were forced to set consumer limits.

Woolworths announced in October 2017 that the supermarket chain was introducing a stricter limit in order to give all customers a fair chance.

Both Coles and Woolworths have now bumped their limit up to eight tins of baby formula per customer. 

THE BABY FORMULA RESELLING CRAZE 

The demand for baby formula from Chinese consumers has led to manufacturers to increase their product.

Aptamil, for example, has increased their production by 50 per cent in just three months.

Australia Post has opened a branch in the Sydney suburb of Chatswood, 20 per cent of which the population is Chinese born.

The store has a sign on the front door that advertises ‘direct mail to China’ and has shelves lined with baby formula.

As a consequence, supermarkets have set limits per customer, which has just been raised to eight baby formula tins per customer.

Chinese shoppers are reported to go through the checkout and come back to buy more. 

Source: news.com.au  

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