Chinese parents also want the best for their babies.
I’m going to say this really quick and then get the hell out and duck for cover. Chinese babies are people too.
Watching the fall out over the Chinese buy-up of baby formula, I keep wondering why Australian babies are so much more important than Chinese babies.
For every parent who is angry that their baby formula is being bought out of Aussie stores and sold overseas, I want to remind them that there are literally thousands more in China buying our products because their children were poisoned by corrupted milk.
In 2008, 54,000 babies were hospitalised in China because formula was found to contain a chemical called melamine which is a building block for cyanide.
Six infants died and 300,000 children overall were reported to have been affected. The scare exposed major gaps in food safety regulation and showed up the extent of political corruption in China.
Four years earlier, a watered down milk had also resulted in the death of 13 children from malnutrition.
Watch The Project’s segment on ‘Formula Wars’ here. Post continues below.
Overseas, a lot of people stopped buying Chinese food. Some countries stopped importing them altogether. That’s how important we, in other countries, thought it was NOT to have Chinese food products in our diet.
Back here in Australia we are lucky. We do have food regulation. Strict rules. And a government that won’t just ignore those rules if it means making money.