Like the rest of the country, Washington is undergoing a major baby formula shortage.
Pandemic-related supply chain disruptions had already been causing shortages for formula, but the issue was exacerbated in February when Abbott Nutrition issued a national recall for three brands of formula and shut down its Michigan plant over formula contamination. Two babies died and two others were hospitalized with Cronobacter bacterial infections after consuming formula made at the plant.
“Here in Washington, it hit us hard. We have about 18,000 babies who use formula made by that company that was part of the recall,” said Paul Throne, director of the state’s Washington Women, Infants, and Children
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