The Latest Supply Shortage Has Some Maine Parents Frightened
We saw our first pandemic-related supply issues way back in March of 2020. First, it was toilet paper. We're still not sure why people were hording toilet paper. A few weeks later, it was meats, shelf stable foods (this one actually makes sense), and other specialty food items.
Unfortunately, we have been consistently dealing with supply chain issues since then. Some of them make a lot of sense. A lack of pools and other outdoor activity equipment in the summer of 2020, when all normal summer amusements were closed, for example. Others made absolutely no sense at all!
The latest supply chain issue has the parents of infants in Maine really concerned.
According to WMTW / CNN, the latest supply chain issue is baby formula.
IRI, a research firm, recently released a report that says the amount of formula on stores shelves in mid-January 2022 was down 17% from the amount of the product on shelves in February of 2020, a few weeks before the pandemic hit the United States.
Many national retail chains, including Walgreens, CVS, and Walmart are all experiencing sporadic issues with the supply of many productions - including baby formula.
Sadly, these issues are also impacting low income households. The U. S. Department of Agriculture, the government entity that runs the WIC program, has also reported shortages. The federal government agency has reportedly met with several companies that make formula in order to come up with a plan to alleviate the shortage.
Hopefully, the issues will be straightened out.
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