May 12, 2022
The nation continues to grapple with a shortage of infant and specialty formula that only has intensified in recent weeks, U.S. public health officials announced.
In an update this week, the FDA said it was taking action to address the formula shortage stemming from COVID-19 supply chain issues and a formula product recall earlier this year. The agency also recommended caregivers talk with their child’s health care providers for more information and resources.
“We recognize that many consumers have been unable to access infant formula and critical medical foods they are accustomed to using and are frustrated by their inability to do so,” FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, MD. “We are doing everything in our power to ensure there is adequate product available where and when they need it.”
Here’s what you need to know:
The agency continues to warn against making homemade infant formulas and recommends caregivers work with their child’s health care providers for recommendations on feeding practices.
More information about the infant formula shortage is available online. In addition, the FDA has compiled a frequently-asked-questions guide.
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