U.S. baby formula shortage is worrying parents. Here’s what to know.

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U.S. baby formula shortage is worrying parents. Here’s what to know.

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Ongoing supply chain disruptions tied to the coronavirus pandemic have fueled shortages of a wide range of consumer goods, but the lack of baby formula worsened in February after manufacturer Abbott issued a recall for products made at a Michigan plant and sold under the Similac, Alimentum and EleCare labels. Four children — one in Minnesota, one in Texas and two in Ohio — fell ill with bacterial infections, and two died.

The FDA said the bacterium Cronobacter sakazakii “may have contributed to the cause of death for both patients.”

Abbott said its own investigation concluded that the infant formula made at its Sturgis, Mich., facility is unlikely to be the source of the infections. On Wednesday, Abbott said it could restart production at the facility in two weeks, with clearance from the FDA, Reuters reported. It will take six to eight weeks for product to hit shelves once production comes back online, Abbott said.

Abbott is the exclusive supplier for more than half the nation’s WIC agencies, through which more than 1.2 million infants receive formula benefits, Dittmeier said. Such benefits are typically limited to a specific variety of formula, but agencies have waived some requirements to give families more flexibility during the shortage.

Anyone needing specialized formulas can call Abbott at 1-800-881-0876 to request a product on a case-by-case basis.

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Re: U.S. baby formula shortage is worrying parents. Here’s what to know.

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From the comment section of this article:

"Didn't realize, until today's press conference, that not all states have instituted a WIC waiver. It might help a lot for all of them to do so. FYI, WIC is a federal program, but administered by individual states, which can negotiate with the formula companies for favorable pricing. In those states, all WIC recipients use only the favored company's formulas for the duration of the contract. To allow them to an alternative brand would increase costs to states, but would also spread out the existing formula supply more effectively."
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Re: U.S. baby formula shortage is worrying parents. Here’s what to know.

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Getting government out of the market would do much to improve the market.
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