Baby formula shortage strikes Colorado
The baby formula shortage is putting a strain on families across the country and throughout Colorado.
Why it matters: Roughly 3 in 4 babies in the U.S. are fed formula by their 6-month birthdays — meaning the shortage could jeopardize food security for most children, Axios' Nathan Bomey writes.
What's happening: A cascade of issues with baby formula production along with distribution woes are to blame for the shortage, which began late last year and has gotten precipitously worse in recent weeks.
- Several chain stores, including CVS, Safeway and Walgreens, have put nationwide limits on the number of formula purchases per person.
What they're saying: Liz Hamel, who lives in Broomfield, told Fox31 she uses a special formula for her 3-month-old's sensitive digestive system and couldn't find the product.
- "You don't want to be changing the baby's formula because it really messes with their digestive system. So it's not like I can just go and pick any formula I want off the shelf and just start feeding him," Hamel said.
- "My entire family just goes and finds the formula" whenever they can, Ashlee Lane, the mother of a 7-month-old, told Denver7. "My sister picked me up some in Arvada yesterday, my dad up in Thornton the other day."
What to watch: Retailers and manufacturers are now warning the shortage will drag into summer, Axios' Herb Scribner reports.
- The CEO of Perrigo — one of the four companies that control nearly 90% of the U.S. market — told Reuters the deficit could persist for the rest of 2022.
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