2022 United States infant formula shortage

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Bare formula shelves with purchase limit notice, at a Safeway store in Monroe, Washington, in January 2022

In 2022, the United States had a major shortage of infant formula as a result of the 2021–2022 global supply chain crisis. It was also caused by a large scale product recall.[1][2]

As of May 14, nationwide out-of-stock rates were reported to be 43%, up from 31% two weeks before, with normal out-of-stock rate being 10%.[3]

In many places, store shelves are empty. Delaware, Kansas, and Tennessee were the most hard-hit states.

As of mid-May, manufacturers and retailers expected a months-long delay before formula stocks would be fully restored.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. What’s Behind America’s Shocking Baby-Formula Shortage?
  2. Leonhardt, David (May 13, 2022). "The Baby Formula Crisis". The New York Times.
  3. Stamm, Stephanie (May 14, 2022). "Baby Formula Shortage Stuns States Including Tennessee, Kansas and Delaware". Wall Street Journal – via www.wsj.com.
  4. Scribner, Herb (May 13, 2022). "Why there is a baby formula crisis and what can be done about it". Axios.