the mayor of New YorkEric Adams, declared this Sunday a state of emergency to stop the rise in prices of the baby milk powderproduct in unprecedented shortage throughout the United States.
“This emergency executive order will help us crack down on any retailer looking to capitalize on this crisis by raising prices on this essential commodity. Our message to struggling mothers and families is simple: Our city will do everything in its power to help during this challenging period,” the Democrat said today in a statement.
The rule defines a “excessive price increase” as 10% or more above the usual price of a product.
In recent weeks, find baby milk powder It has been quite a challenge for parents in different states of the country.
The shortage has been caused by the global supply problems caused by the pandemic and the difficulties in the production plant that Abbott, the main manufacturer of infant milk in the United States, has in Sturgis (Michigan).
“New Yorkers who have been overcharged for powdered milk can file a complaint with the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) at nyc.gov/dcwp or call 311 and say ‘overpriced'” .
“The Nationwide infant formula shortage is hurting parents and the families of our city at a time when we are still recovering from the crisis of the last two years,” said Anne Williams-Isom, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services in the same statement.
Former Mayor Bill de Blasio enacted this same measure at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic when stores began to raise the prices of sanitizers and masks.
According to the New York City Council, nationally, more than 40% of large retailers do not carry infant formula.
Last Wednesday, the United States President Joe Bidenauthorized the Department of Defense to use the contracts it has with commercial airlines to import powdered milk from anywhere in the worldor in what the White House baptized as “Operation Fly Formula” (Operation to fly baby milk).
In addition, Biden invoked a law dating from the Cold War to speed up the production of that dairy food in the United States.
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