The recent recall of certain 2022 Abbott powdered formulas, along with the impacts of the ongoing pandemic, has led to periodic shortages of major brands of infant formula. The infant formula supply chain problems have affected all consumers, including California families receiving formula through the Women Infants and Child (WIC) program.
The Community Care Licensing Division, Child Care Program would like to expand awareness regarding the shortage and provide the following resources to help safely navigate the situation. Please visit the following links from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) websites and share this information with other providers, families, and with anyone you think may benefit from this information:
- USDA Infant Formula Safety
- Powdered Infant Formula Preparation and Storage
- Information for WIC Families on Infant Formula Availability
- Questions and Answers for Consumers on Infant Formula
Parents or caregivers, who are having difficulty obtaining infant formula for their child at home, should reach out to their child’s pediatrician about safe and appropriate feeding alternatives.
To learn more about what measures are being taken to address the shortage please visit:
- FDA Encourages Importation of Safe Infant Formula and Other Flexibilities to Further Increase Availability
- Infant Formula Enforcement Discretion Policy
- FDA Provides New Updates on Activities to Mitigate Infant Formula Supply Challenges, Abbott Nutrition Agrees to Take Corrective Actions at Facility to Produce Safe Infant Formula
For any additional inquiries about this email please refer to your local regional office.