United States.- The baby formula shortage crisis has caused great concern in parents as the days continue to advance and a solution to the problem is seen, but what is causing the shortage of this food.
The breast milk shortage is due to supply chain disruptions, a February recall and the closure of an Abbott Nutrition plant in Michigan.
In this situation, parents have managed to feed their children, many of them have exchanged, sold and offered surplus supplies to each other, while President Joe Biden plans to speak with manufacturers and retailers on Thursday about the difficult situation facing the families.
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The shortage is hitting low-income families particularly hard after formula maker Abbott recalled the product due to contamination concerns. That recall eliminated many brands covered by WIC, a federal food stamp-like program that serves mothers, infants and children, though the program now allows brand-name substitutes.
Shortages of basic goods have been a problem since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020. Access to medical supplies, computer chips, home appliances, cars and other goods has been affected by factory closures and outbreaks of the coronavirus. viruses, as well as by storms. and other weather-related events.
The Food and Drug Administration warned consumers on February 17 to avoid some powdered infant formula products from a Sturgis, Michigan facility run by Abbott Nutrition, which later initiated a voluntary recall.
According to findings released in March by federal safety inspectors, Abbott failed to maintain sanitary conditions and procedures at the plant, according to The Associated Press.
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The FDA said it was working with US manufacturers to increase production and streamline paperwork to allow more imports. The agency noted that supply chain issues associated with the pandemic were part of the problem, and that consumers bought more baby formula in April than in the month before the recall.