The arrival of baby formula from Europe falls under the category of a short-term solution. Amid the arrival of these shipments, parents can subsequently expect formula on store shelves within the next several days.
However, long-term solutions to baby formula shortages in America will demand a greater supply of formula providers. The general principle here is not to put all eggs into one basket.
This way, even if Abbott Nutrition does end up having more issues in the future, it won’t have a ripple effect that engenders mass shortages.
An update on Abbott Nutrition
At this time, Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis factory remains closed under FDA orders, following formula contamination problems.
A reopening of the plant could transpire during the upcoming week. However, even once Sturgis receives the green light to continue operations, about eight weeks’ time will pass before Abbott Nutrition can deliver its formula to stores.
These latest shipments from Europe can thankfully help to tide infants over in the meantime.