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I’m back after a long hiatus. Between planning a wedding and an unexpectedly nasty sinus infection, life just seems to have gotten away from me. But here I am, rising from my cyber slumber to write potentially my most dramatic post yet – because Australian babies are in danger.
All You Need is LLUF is all about making consumer decisions that promote the fair treatment of workers, because sadly there are many countries where governments are not prepared to protect their people from exploitation (and of course many companies happy to capitalise on this situation). And in a shocking display of what happens when a government does not sufficiently regulate it’s markets to protect the people, in 2008 contaminated baby formula killed six babies in the People’s Republic of China and put another 54,000 in hospital.
Ever since then Chinese nationals have been looking outside their own country for formula. This has resulted in such massive shortages in the UK and Hong Kong that it has been made a criminal offence to send baby formula out of these countries in bulk. And now it is resulting in similar shortages here in Australia.
So you see, the problem with Australian made baby formula is that there isn’t any left on Australian shelves.
Mothers and fathers all over our country are tearing out there hair trying to get access to food for their small children. Horror stories abound – about driving all over town, reaching out on social media to other families about where certain brands may be in stock, or for short-term loans. I mean seriously – people are borrowing half a tin of baby formula because they cannot get what they need to feed their children.
Caroline Raj, of the baby and toddler blog Mamma Raj, first reported on this crisis just over a week ago after having to buy her little munchkin a different formula type because it was all she could find. Since then she has been inundated with messages from other mothers in the same situation. After realising how many babies are being put at risk, Caroline decided to set up a petition, asking the Australian Government to follow suit with other countries, putting in place safeguards to ensure the food security of Australian babies is protected. You can read and sign Caroline’s petition on change.org or read about other things you can do to help here.