The US baby formula shortage has worsened with 30 percent of all brands now being reported as out-of-stock.
Families in Arizona and Wyoming are being hit the hardest by the shortage with out-of-stock rates at 44 percent and 42 percent, respectively.
The nationwide crsis continues despite President Biden’s efforts to make infant milk more accessible.
The Mail Online reports: Biden and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have made it easier for foreign manufacturers to get shipments into the country, and appealed to companies such as Nestle and Reckitt to step up production.
French consumer goods company Danone on Wednesday said it had shipped more than 750,000 cans of its flagship Aptamil baby formula to the U.S. from Europe, with another 550,000 cans on the way.
However, parents struggling to feed their children have slammed the administration, with one Louisiana mom alleging it seems like those in power ‘just forgot’ about the ongoing crisis.
Amber Bergeron, who took to Facebook about the hardships of finding formula for her preemie twins, has described the ongoing crisis as ‘disgusting,’ noting she is ‘sure these politicians’ babies eat.’
In-stock rates of infant formula remain far below normal levels, despite recent trends showing a rise in formula inventory.
The nation reported a 30 percent out-of-stock rate on Friday, based on data from the week ended July 24. The week prior, ending July 17, the out-of-stock rate was 32 percent.
Biden’s solution to the ongoing shortage has been to fly in foreign formula to try to plug the gap, but the 802,446 bottles that arrive per shipment barely line the stomachs of the 3 million babies born every year.
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