Thursday, April 14, 2022

Infant formula rationed

A number of retailers are rationing sales of infant formula because of shortages.

Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreens and Kroger all have limits, such as three per visit.

The shortages showed up after Abbott Laboratories recalled a number of its Similac products in February due to potential food poisoning, The recalls included Canada.

The recall came in the midst of supply chain challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and made shortages worse.

“We know that this recall has further exacerbated an industry-wide infant formula supply shortage. We are doing everything we can to address it,” Abbott told The Washington Post in a statement, including ramping up production of Similac, air-freighting in product from Europe and working with health-care providers to identify alternative formulas.

Kellogg breakfast cereals are also in short supply with empty shelves at many Ontario retailers. Kellogg was out of production for a while because of a strike that has been settled.

And Lay’s potato chips and Doritos are back in Loblaws stores after they settled a dispute. For a while Loblaws, Zehrs, Value Mart, SuperCentre, Fortino’s , No Frills and T&T supermarkets had none to sell because Loblaws refused to pay price increases set by Frito Lay, which is owned by Pepsi.