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Chinese visitors exhaust Hong Kong of bulk baby items

Chinese visitors exhaust Hong Kong of bulk baby items

Updated 31 January 2013, 15:08 AEDT

Hong Kong's tourism chief wants tougher rules for vistors from the Chinese mainland to stop them buying up stocks of milk formula for babies.

It may sound like a strange problem but apparently imported baby formula is flying off the shelves of Hong Kong stores.

It's a trend fueled partly by the upcoming Chinese New Year, a time when exotic goods are given as gifts.

Of course, there's also the health concerns regarding Chinese-made infant formula, since the product was deliberately tainted by melamine in 2008, causing six babies to die.

The buy up of milk powder is stoking hostilities among some Hong Kong residents and it's time for action.

Presenter: Liam Cochrane

Speaker: James Tien Pei Chun, chief of Hong Kong's tourism board

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