The mayor of New York declared a state of emergency due to the lack of baby formula

It is an unimaginable stressful situation for many parents: the United States is experiencing a very rare shortage of powdered baby milk, accentuated by the closure of a plant of the American laboratory Abbott.

The mayor of New York, Eric Adams, declared this Sunday a state of emergency to stop the rise in the price of powdered baby milk.product 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 the prices of 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 an “excessive price markup” as 10% or more above the regular price of a product.

In the last weeks, Finding powdered baby milk has been 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 milk for infants in the US, has in Sturgis (Michigan).

The United States will mount an airlift to import powdered baby milk on commercial planes chartered by the military to fill shortages of that product, the White House said Wednesday.
The United States will mount an airlift to import powdered baby milk on commercial planes chartered by the military to fill shortages of that product, the White House said Wednesday.

Inventory problems worsened in February when Abbott recalled formula coming out of its plant in Michigan, which was marketed under the brand names Similac, Alimentum and EleCare, after four babies suffered a bacterial infection and two of them died.

Abbott announced this week that it has reached an agreement with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reopen its plant in Michigan soon.

“New Yorkers who have been overcharged for powdered milk can file a complaint with the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) online. nyc.gov/dcwp or call 311 and say: ‘surcharge’”.

The nationwide infant formula shortage is hurting parents and families in our city at a time when we are still reeling 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.

The Abbott Laboratories facility where dozens of types of recalled powdered infant formulas were manufactured, leading to a halt in production in Sturgis, Michigan, U.S., May 20, 2022. REUTERS/Eric Cox
The Abbott Laboratories facility where dozens of types of recalled powdered infant formulas were manufactured, leading to a halt in production in Sturgis, Michigan, U.S., May 20, 2022. REUTERS/Eric Cox

Last Wednesday, the president of the United States, Joe Biden, authorized the Department of Defense to use the contracts it has with commercial airlines to import powdered milk from anywhere in the world in what the White House baptized as “Operation Fly Formula ” (Operation to airlift baby milk).

Besides, Biden invoked a law dating from the Cold War to speed up the production of that dairy food in the United States.

The first plane with 30,000 kilos of baby formula destined for the United States left this Saturday from the Rammstein air base in Germany, at the beginning of the emergency plan approved by the White House to solve the shortage.

In the last hours, The president has announced preparations for a second flight to transport Nestlé’s special infant formula to Pennsylvania..

(With information from EFE)

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