ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – Governor Kathy Hochul announced resources for New York families amid nationwide infant formula shortages.
On February 17th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers not to use certain powdered infant formula products from Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis, Michigan facility, and Abbott initiated a voluntary recall of certain products.
Since that time, the Food and Drug Administration has been working with Abbott and other manufacturers to bring safe products to the U.S. market and to increase the availability of infant and specialty formula products.
“In close coordination with our federal partners, New York State will continue to do everything possible to support New York families in need of formula for their infants,” Governor Hochul said. “My administration is committed to ensuring every newborn and child has access to the nutritional support they need to stay healthy. I urge every parent and guardian to take advantage of these resources and keep up to date with important information to take care of their families.”
The state Department of Health has continued to support the distribution of diapers, formula, and other infant supplies. The Department has increased communication with formula manufacturers to monitor the production of can sizes, supply, and shipments.
The New York State WIC Program has been able to help families obtain the formulas needed through alternate stores with the formulas in stock.
WIC participants should contact their local agency for assistance locating products when needed.