What to Know About the Current Baby Formula Shortage

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Those looking to purchase baby formula may be encountering difficulties finding what they need. The current baby formula shortage has been linked to high demand and supply-chain issues, dating back to the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Another recent cause for baby formula unavailability is the amount of recalls issued for formula that is unsafe for babies. Certain products from Abbott’s Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare lines have been recalled following reports of bacterial infections in babies, and are facing formula lawsuits based on contamination issues.

We’ll discuss more about the shortages and what you can expect in terms of the baby formula shortage and recall issues being resolved.

Recalls Furthering the Supply Shortage

As there were already demand issues due to supply-chain shortages and staffing scarcities, the recent recalls posted for baby formula have only augmented the stock problem. Because of Abbott Nutrition’s specific recalls on their formula products, it’s grown even more difficult for customers to find formula for their infants.

One article shows that Abbott Nutrition has 16 nationwide lawsuits that it’s facing currently. The FDA is working with the company to help them to safely reopen their production lines again to counteract the baby formula shortage that has plagued the country.

Stores may not have a full supply of baby formula until the beginning of July as reported by Dr. Califf, the FDA commissioner. Another response to addressing the shortage is importing certain baby formula brands approved by the FDA from other countries. This is in effort to temporarily meet high demands.

Other Problems for Formula Companies

Beyond the current recall problems that Abbott Nutrition is dealing with, it’s also facing different bacterial contamination issues previously discovered. Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) is a bacteria that has been linked with formula produced by Abbott Nutrition.

Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) is a serious infection that affects the intestines. It is most often seen in premature babies, but can occur in full-term infants as well. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. If not treated quickly, NEC can lead to sepsis, a life-threatening infection of the blood.

It’s also most commonly found in infants who aren’t breastfed by their mothers, as the formula they are fed is missing key chemicals that support the digestive system and are shown to prevent this bacteria from infecting the digestive tract.

If your baby has been diagnosed with NEC, you may be eligible to file a NEC lawsuit. Contact a lawyer today to learn more about your legal options.

Resolving the Supply-Chain Shortage

As efforts continue in the struggle to restock baby formula again in stores, there are resources available for those who are having trouble finding formula. Families are encouraged to contact their pediatricians for supply assistance.

If your child’s doctor has diagnosed them with NEC or another formula induced disease, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. Our attorneys at Napoli Shkolnik have the experience and background to help you receive the compensation owed to you. Contact our office today to have your case reviewed.