Florida’s Shortages of Baby Formula Are Getting Worse – Stocks Are Down by 41% in May Prompting Parents To Panic

Toby Hazlewood

Will the government act to end shortages?

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A report from May 19 shows that supplies of baby formula in the state of Florida have become even more severe in the month of May.

Just last month, data from retail analysts Datasembly had suggested that stocks were down by 31% from what would normally be expected to be available. This month's data portrays a worsening situation with stocks down by a further 10% to 41%. Stocks are down by an average of 43% across the wider U.S. but that is of little comfort to parents with young infants who rely on formula to feed their babies.

It's even more concerning given that Florida is one of ten states with the lowest rates of breastfeeding mothers (according to the CDC), indicating a greater than average reliance on baby formula.

Intervention expected from the federal government

News of the worsening shortages comes just days after Florida's Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo wrote to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting that they intervene and resolve the supply chain issues that are causing such pain for parents right now.

Since Dr. Ladapo wrote his letter, the shortages have become the subject for a congressional enquiry which should heighten pressure on manufacturers to resolve the issue.

When will supplies recover?

Shortages across the country are down to the wider supply chain issues that are gripping America, compounded by the closure of one of the biggest manufacturing plants for baby formula - the Abbott Nutrition facility in Michigan. It was shut down by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration after an inspection earlier this year reported unsanitary conditions at the plant.

The FDA's analysis of the plant found evidence of pathogens in samples of formula that was linked to several cases of illness in babies. While it was important to respond to these findings, it's unclear why it has since taken so long to resume manufacture.

Until supplies are restored it seems that parents with young infants will continue to face uncertainty and anxiety when it comes to feeding their babies.

Have you been struggling to obtain baby formula to feed your baby? Do you believe the government is doing enough to resolve the issue? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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