More than 12,500 people have petitioned US President Barack Obama to help Hong Kong avoid a baby formula shortage, saying infants in the city are facing malnutrition due to mainland Chinese "smugglers".
Boxes filled with baby formula are seen at a train station in Hong Kong, prior to being transported to mainland China, on January 29, 2013. Over 10,000 Hong Kong residents have appealed to US President Barack Obama to provide aid over fears of a city-wide baby formula shortage, after droves of mainland Chinese flocked to the territory to buy it in large quantities.
Formula is popular with mainlanders because of concerns about the safety of food processed in China following a series of scandals, notably in 2008 when six babies died from drinking milk tainted with the chemical melamine.
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