Stores Begin Rationing Baby Formula Amid Nationwide Shortage

By Bill Galluccio

April 11, 2022

Baby Formula Is Latest Product To Suffer Shortages Due Pandemic Induced Supply Chain Issues
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Several retailers across the country are rationing the sale of baby formula amid a nationwide shortage. According to USA TodayWalgreens is limiting customers to three products per person to prevent customers from stockpiling baby formula.

While the stock of baby formula has been limited due to the supply chain issues and severe weather, the recent shortage was caused in part by recalls of Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare formulas. As a result, several children were sickened, and at least two died due to contaminated formula.

The Food and Drug Administration said that Abbott Nutrition failed to maintain sanitary conditions at a factory in Sturgis, Michigan.

USA Today cited an analysis by Datasembly, which found that 30% of the top baby formula brands are out of stock at stores across the country.

Minnesota leads the nation, with 54% of stores reporting baby formula was out of stock. In addition, over 40% of retailers in nine other states said they were sold out of formula.

"Inflation, supply chain shortages, and product recalls have brought an unprecedented amount of volatility to the category, and we expect to continue to see baby formula as one of the most affected categories in the market," Datasembly CEO Ben Reich said.

Parents have been struggling to find baby formula as many retailers are sold out. Elyssa Schmier, the vice president of MomsRising, recalled having to go to three different stores to find formula for her newborn.

"It's almost a full-time job trying to find Similac," she said.

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