Baby Formula Shortage Leads New York City to Declare State of Emergency

A state of emergency has been declared in New York City amid ongoing baby formula shortages across the country, which could allow officials to combat speculation in scarce products.

The measure, which was announced by Mayor Eric Adams on Sunday, gives the city’s Department of Consumer and Worker Protection the power to prevent price gouging by cracking down on retailers.

“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.” Adams said. “Our message to struggling mothers and families is simple: Our city will do everything in its power to help you through this challenging period.”

A press release from city officials also states that parents in New York City who feel they are being overcharged for infant formula can now file a complaint on the official New York City government website. New York.

The United States has faced a national shortage of baby formula since February, after existing supply chain problems stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic were exacerbated by a major product recall by one of the The country’s leading formula maker, Abbott Laboratories, which was also forced to shut down its largest production facility in the country after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allegedly found evidence of bacterial contamination at the plant that allegedly contributed to to four babies getting sick, two of whom died.

Abbott has denied the allegations and insists no bacterial contamination has been found in its final products. The manufacturer has been working with the FDA to relaunch its production plant as soon as possible, but has noted that it could still be months before stock from the plant hits store shelves.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration has been trying to alleviate the current shortage by invoking the Defense Production Act, which gives the US president the authority to force manufacturers to prioritize contracts deemed necessary for defense. national, regardless of a loss incurred in the business and allows the administration to designate prohibited materials from hoarding and price gouging.

The Pentagon also announced a military operation to transport the products from abroad to the US, as long as they meet nutritional and safety guidelines set by the FDA, which has promised to streamline the review process to allow infant formula hit store shelves faster.

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