The shortage of infant formula in the country was the subject of serious discussion in the state’s public health and children’s committees on Tuesday.
“Many families describe having such a hard time finding a formula,” said Yale School of Medicine pediatrician Dr. Molly Markowitz.
“I think we’re at the bottom of that right now and I think some of the actions that have been taken in the last 72 hours are going to start to increase supply,” said Wayne Pesce, president of the Connecticut Food Association. .
Pesce said those measures to boost supply include easing regulations, allowing imports and opening backup factories.
An Abbott Nutrition facility is expected to resume formula manufacturing within two weeks, but the impact could still take some time.
“The shortages that currently exist cannot be overcome in two to three weeks. It will be longer. And I think the president should invoke the Defense Production Act which will allow some of the production lines of other companies to expand,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D – Connecticut.
There was also talk of longer-term solutions at the national level to make the formulas market more competitive, so that it is not so heavily controlled by a few companies.
On Tuesday, House Democrats unveiled a $28 million emergency spending bill that would help the FDA ensure the supply of formula is safely and securely restored.
Although there have been nationwide concerns about the price assessment, there have been no reports here in Connecticut, according to the attorney general’s office.
Some small stores may have more supply than large, busy businesses. In addition, families are suggested to contact community pharmacies, local food or milk banks.
The WIC Step Agency can help parents find alternate formula solutions and can be reached at 800-741-2142.
There is also a Facebook group called Find My Formula CT that helps people find specific brands in stores.