Concern about the lack of powdered milk in the United States is increasing and is beginning to have serious consequences such as the hospitalization of four babies to whom their parents have given a milk to which they are allergic because there were no others. An army plane has landed in Indianapolis from Germany with 35 tons of baby milk powder. This is the first shipment to be distributed in hospitals and pharmacies, but always with a prescription.
The Mayor of New York, Eric Adams, who declared a state of emergency on Sunday, with the intention of curbing the rise in prices of powdered milk for babies, a product in unprecedented scarcity throughout the United States.
“This emergency executive order will help us crack down on any retailer looking to capitalize on this crisis by driving up the prices of this essential commodity. Our message to struggling mothers and families is simple: our city will do everything in its power to help during this challenging period,” he explained in a statement.
The rule defines an “excessive price increase” as 10% or more above the usual price of a product and in recent weeks, parents have had it very difficult to find powdered baby milk in different states of the country, a shortage that has been caused by global supply problems as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and difficulties at the production plant at Abbott, which is the leading manufacturer of infant milk in the US, in Sturgis (Michigan).
According to New York City Council, nationally, more than 40% of large retailers do not have milk for infants. A few days ago, US President Joe Biden authorized the Department of Defense to use its contracts with commercial airlines to import powdered milk from anywhere in the world.