Is the US infant formula shortage an avoidable crisis?
Staff inolved: Tanya Doherty, Anna Coutsoudis, David McCoy, Lori Lake, Catherine Pereira-Kotze, Jeffrey Goldhagen, Max Kroon
Since February, 2022, there has been an acute shortage of commercial milk formula in the USA. This shortage is the result of the recall of several products manufactured by Abbott Nutrition, the largest manufacturer of infant formula in the USA, due to bacterial contamination and shutdown of their Michigan plant. The out-of-stock rate for commercial milk formula reached 43% for the week ending May 8, 2022, and in six states more than half of infant formula was sold out. Desperate parents face huge uncertainty and hungry, crying babies. Socioeconomically vulnerable families are hardest hit by this crisis.