After multiple newborn illnesses and fatalities were connected to the Cronobacter bacteria found in several popular baby formula kinds from Abbott Nutrition, a recall was announced about six months ago.
There were then shortages in grocery stores across the United States, prompting parents and caregivers to rush. This was due to the company's decision to halt manufacturing at one of its facilities in Michigan as well as ongoing supply chain issues related to the epidemic.
A few weeks following the recall, when the situation started to become worse, retailers including Costco, Walmart, Target, Kroger, and others imposed purchase restrictions on the meagre stock that was still available to discourage bulk purchases.
Approximately 30% of the supply was sold out at this point, but it quickly increased to 50%. Now, according to The Wall Street Journal, it's even worse.
There are currently only five baby formula products available for purchase, according to a company leader at Piggly Wiggly who informed the newspaper that there are regularly 30.
Other chains are also also having trouble, selling an average of only around 11 distinct products per store, down from 24 in 2021, and having only about 70% of their inventory in stock.
Furthermore, Wyoming, Utah, and Alaska are experiencing greater shortages than other states.
The Michigan Abbott Nutrition facility reopened in June but was forced to close due to floods a few weeks later.
On July 1, it reopened, and soon it will be able to ship some EleCare formula.
As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to look into the matter and the U.S. government continues to make efforts to replenish retailers, the corporation has been importing supply from facilities in Ireland and Spain.