Infant Formula Shortage and Recall Resources
Updated: Jun 10
Below find a compilation of some helpful resources regarding the infant formula shortage emergency.
New: CDPH updated their infant formula page with additional resources and information:
Maps from USDA of the options for waivers regarding WIC and the shortage
Shows which waivers states have opted into: https://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/infant-formula-waiver-status
Explains what's going on and options regarding infant formula safety: https://www.fns.usda.gov/ofs/infant-formula-safety.
Examples of what other states are doing to show possible substitutions:
Washington DC: https://www.dcwic.org/wic-foods
Fact Sheet: Helping families find formula during the infant formula shortage (Health and Human Services)
California Specific Resources
Guidance on Infant Formula Shortage for CACFP Operators (CDSS, CACFP Branch)
Infant formula recall (CDSS, CACFP Branch)
"The impact of the ongoing pandemic and the recent 2022 Abbott recall of certain powdered formulas has led to periodic infant formula shortages for all consumers, including WIC families. More information for WIC families on infant formula availability can be found at the California WIC Infant Formula Availability webpage." (copied from the myfamily.wic.ca.gov website, 2022)
"Certain lot numbers of Similac, Similac PM 60/40, Alimentum and EleCare powdered formulas have been recalled. Check the lot number on the bottom of your formula to see if your formula needs to be returned. If you have recalled formula, do NOT use it. Return it to the store or call the manufacturer at 800-986-8540 for replacement. Find out more about the recall at the Abbott Recall webpage (www.similacrecall.com)." (copied from the myfamily.wic.ca.gov website, 2022)
American Academy of Pediatrics
With the baby formula shortage, what should I do if I can't find any? (American Academy of Pediatrics)
Is homemade baby formula safe? (American Academy of Pediatrics)
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