Police in Vancouver have busted a theft-and-smuggling racket in which drug addicts were allegedly recruited to steal tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of baby formula to be sold for huge profits in China.
Baby, or infant, formula is a manufactured food for babies often used as a substitute for breast milk. It is a powder or liquid concentrate that is mixed with water and fed through a bottle. It is widely used in Asia, which represents 53% of the global market share. In Hong Kong, a shortage in availability of baby formula led to restrictions on how much could be taken out of the city and into mainland China.