Infant Formula Shortage – Information & Resources

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The nationwide shortage of infant formula is making it difficult for some Connecticut families to find available product. Stock has been limited due to ongoing supply chain issues and has been recently impacted by the February 2022 recall of certain baby powdered formula products manufactured by Abbott Nutrition. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working with formula manufacturers to increase the availability of formula products in the coming weeks. Additionally, the Department of Defense (DOD) is procuring infant formula overseas that meets U.S. health and safety standards and President Biden is requiring that suppliers direct resources to infant formula manufacturers in order to increase production. In the meantime, below is information and resources for families with infants.

For families receiving WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children), the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) has information about how to exchange recalled formula that has been purchased as well as how to obtain substitution formula at https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/WIC/WIC\\. WIC families are advised to:

CT DPH also recommends that all families who are having difficulty finding formula:

Additional resources that may be helpful:

Additional information about the powdered formula recall is available from the FDA at https://www.fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/fda-investigation-cronobacter-infections-powdered-infant-formula-february-2022.

Additional tips and guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services can be found at https://www.hhs.gov/formula/index.html.

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SOURCES: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Connecticut Department of Public Health (CTDPH); American Academy of Pediatrics; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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