Baby food still scarce as brands are out of stock

According to a report, the nationwide shortage of baby food is not abating as nearly a third of brands are out of stock.

Figures released on Friday for the week ending July 24 showed a 30 percent out-of-stock rate, down slightly from 32 percent the week before, the Daily Mail reported.

When the shortage hit the headlines at the end of May, 23.7% of brands were reported as out of stock.

The typical out-of-stock range before the COVID-19 pandemic was between 5% and 7%.

The Biden administration has imported baby formula from abroad as part of Operation Fly Formula, with the number of imported 8-ounce bottle equivalents reaching about 61 million as of July 24.

But one Virginia family said they are still struggling to find the special formula needed for their 2-year-old daughter.

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Almost a third of baby food brands are sold out.
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The Biden administration has attempted to import baby formula from abroad.
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“Our situation hasn’t changed at all,” mother Jillian Arroyo told a local TV station. “We still feed our child expired formula because we have that.”

The shortage, which began during the pandemic, worsened after manufacturer Abbott shut down a Michigan plant over potentially contaminated formula. The facility reopened in June, only to be closed by flooding and reopened in July. Baby food still scarce as brands are out of stock


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