Hong Kong Arrests More Baby Formula Smugglers Than Drug Traffickers!

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More than 800 people have been arrested for smuggling a white powder out of Hong Kong; but this “white powder” is not a dangerous drug. It’s baby formula!  The amount being smuggled is getting out of hand, so much so that authorities have stepped in and set some serious rules.

Chinese parents look outside of mainland China for baby formula because in 2008, the formula available in China was contaminated with a thickener, called melamine, and 6 babies died from it and hundreds of thousands were sick.  And now, because Chinese parents are still worried about the formula sold within the country, Hong Kong authorities are dealing with a nasty formula shortage.

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To fix this, authorities created the new law, which states that “people leaving Hong Kong [can] only take two cans of formula with them.”  If you disobey this rule, you face outrageous fines and lengthy jail time.

According to an official release, “any person who contravenes the relevant provision shall be guilty of an offense and liable on conviction to a fine of $500,000 and to imprisonment for two years.”

Two years of prison life and half a million dollars, because of your need for trustworthy formula to feed your baby – can you even imagine?

So, as U.K. stores ration formula and Hong Kong makes its arrests, people living in New York’s Chinese neighborhoods are beginning to ship baby formula home to China!  

Are we looking at a future that involves an international ring of baby formula smuggling?  Illegal trading of baby formula … it sounds very serious.

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As a mother, I can’t imagine facing jail time in order to provide the proper amount of healthy and safe nutrition to my baby! If you can’t breastfeed, and you can only bring home two cans at a time, do you make frequent trips each month? Do you smuggle? What would you do?

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Hong Kong Arrests More Baby Formula Smugglers Than Drug Traffickers!

Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children ... More

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10 comments

  1. macy says:

    The tragedy is that breastfeeding is not an option in both Mainland China and Hong Kong, with only 6 weeks of unpaid legal mat leave. Many people can’t afford to take this luxury days off.

  2. auner says:

    Has anyone ever heard of breastfeeding? Safe, effective and sustainable?

  3. Monica says:

    Wow…That’s Really All I Can Say…If It Was Me I’d Do It With No Hesitation And Take The Risk Of Having Jail Time…My Child WILL Get Taken Care Of No Matter What…

  4. Heather says:

    I think you misunderstood, and the article isn’t clear enough on the subject, but the U.K. isn’t helping at all. They are rationing the amount of formula that individuals can buy at the grocery store at one time to two cans in order to prevent it from being purchased in bulk and sent to China. Australia has also put limits on how much formula can be purchased at one time. It is truly sad, instead of amping up production to create more formula to meet the demand, they are limiting the amount that can be purchased. Even more disturbing is that there are individuals who are purchasing formula and selling it on ebay for three times the retail value knowing that a desperate mother or father will pay whatever price they can to ensure that thier baby does not go hungry. It is a sad world we live in sometimes….

  5. moon419 says:

    I would absolutely turn to illegal actions to acquire food for my child.

  6. Carrie says:

    Do we have any manufacturers here? Can’t we export it?

  7. Sylvia says:

    I also would smuggle it. Is there a way to help them out somehow? Why is only the U.K. helping them?

  8. page says:

    thats just horrible. we shuold send some of our formula to them to help them out. i mean seriously, jail time for feeding your baby? what else are htey to do, feed the baby water? stuff they cant process 🙁

  9. Nicki says:

    I’d totally smuggle it… heck, I’d do anything for my children, even if jail or an outrageous fine was the consequence!

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