Secure baby formula tins from theft

Secure baby formula tins from theft

Baby milk formula is being secured more and more in pharmacies, supermarkets and pharmacies and has become a high security item in stores.

Why is the rate of baby formula tins theft so high?

The high price of milk means it is more difficult to acquire. A source in EWN mentioned syndicates in Johannesburg are responsible for the theft in supermarkets in this area, with large scale theft happening making it a profitable item on the black market.Some theft happens because the parents just cannot afford the tin of formula. What is definite is that there needs to be increased security of baby milk formula tins.

Methods to secure baby formula tins

  • Security tags on the baby tins
  • Sticky labels on tins
  • EAS systems in the store to pick up unpaid items from moving past
  • Milk formula clamps
  • Sticky labels tags which trigger alarms when not deactivated and they pass through the EAS posts. Baby formula security clamps which are removed by a magnetic detacher at the tills. Baby milk formula tin clamps.
    When considering that a kg of baby formula costs upwards of R115 per tin and it takes one tin at least per month per child, the cost is quite significant for a family.

    Mothers are battling to feed their infants, and with most mothers needing to go out to work, baby formula is the answer to a better nutrition.
    The result of the baby milk theft is that most supermarkets are now increasing the baby formula security. The mothers need to be referred to Child welfare for assistance, and need government funding to be able to purchase baby formula, not resorting to stealing it. In the mean time, supermarkets can secure baby formula tins to prevent theft

    Why use baby formula instead of cows milk?

    Cows milk does not contain the nutrients of baby formula, and babies or toddlers are found to be nutrient deficient, as well as having an increased rate of hospitalisation, as their gut cannot process / digest the proteins as well as the formula. Milk formula has increased iron, minerals and vitamins improving the heal of the child. It is always advisable to first use breast feeding unless medically contra-indicated.
    Cows milk has high concentrations of minerals and large proteins which place pressure on the child/baby’s kidneys. Most sources say it is better not to use cow’s milk before the age of 2

    Ref: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/formula-feeding/Pages/Why-Formula-Instead-of-Cows-Milk.aspx

    Milk formula however also allows the mother to go out to work, and leave milk available for the care-giver to use , although some mothers have chosen to bottle feed over breast feeding for whatever reason, some mothers use it as a supplement for their child. Once a child has used a bottle, it is more difficult to go back to breast feeding however. Breast milk has the prefect balance of nutrients for your child, but where not possible, the baby milk formula is the closest option.

    Advantages of baby milk formula bottle feeding:

  • Convenient and easy to prepared
  • Not affected by diet
  • Useful for parents adopting or fostering children
  • Speciality types of baby milk formula: Soya milk, predigested milk, hypoallergenic milk
  • Disadvantages of baby formula bottle feeding:

  • Expensive
  • Needs clean / sterilization in preparation to prevent other complications eg thrush
  • Lowered immunity compared to breast feeding babies
  • Lowered bonding as any one can use the bottle to feed.
  • More difficult when travelling to have sterilised bottles available