Infant formula is stacked on a table during a baby formula drive to help with the shortage Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Houston. Parents seeking baby formula are running into bare supermarket and pharmacy shelves in part because of ongoing supply disruptions and a recent safety recall. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) After several months, the U.S. baby formula shortage is only getting worse. In the first half of 2021, the out-of-stock rate for formula was between 2 percent and 8 percent. That changed between November and April, when it jumped to 31 percent, according to information from Datasembly. Then, in the last three weeks of April, it climbed another 9 percent and now sits at 40 percent, per Datasembly. “This issue has been compounded by supply chain issues, product recalls and historic inflation,” says Datasembly CEO Ben Reich. “Unfortunately, given the unprecedented amount of volatility to the category, we anticipate baby formula to continue to be one of the most affected products in the market.” Abbott Labs is the largest producer of baby formula skipped safety regulations and had to closed down due to contamination. This was bound to happen as the previous administration cut the food safety budget in 2017. Read that story here.
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