RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – The North Carolina Attorney General’s Office has received more than a dozen complaints of baby formula price gouging.
In recent weeks, parents have been struggling to find specific types of baby food. Part of the shortage stems from an Abbott Nutrition formula recall in February due to safety issues. Abbott is the nation’s largest formula manufacturing facility.
North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has issued a consumer alert warning parents of potential scammers looking to take advantage of the current shortage. Stein’s office asked people to report concerns about the price cuts to their office. Records from Stein’s office show 13 reports of price gouging through Wednesday.
The most expensive baby formula was reported by a shopper whose complaint said he saw a 12-ounce can of Similac Total Comfort advertised online for $158.
Another person who filed a complaint with the state said they previously purchased a 32-ounce can of Gerber GentlePro formula for $36.50.
“I’ve bought it from this retailer before as it’s the same price in every store,” the complaint reads. State records show that when this person attempted to purchase a can of the same size on May 18, it cost them nearly $45.
Another shopper who filed a complaint said he previously bought a 35-ounce can of Similac for $41.99. When they bought this can on May 13, the same product cost them $51.86 on Amazon.
“The price is almost $10 more per can even if you buy the 3 pack. So I paid $30 more for the formula,” the complaint reads.
A Durham woman said she bought Enfamil infant formula at Walgreens in April for $20 for a 19-ounce can. When the buyer bought it again in May, it cost $40.
According to the complaint, “Even the person checking out commented on the outrageous price.”
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