The national baby formula shortage.
“There are parents across the country who are driving from pharmacy to supermarket to chain store just to try to find food that they need to feed their infants,” Amanda Starbuck says.
Just three companies control the entire infant formula market in the United States.
And half of all the formula sold in the U.S. gets to families through the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).
“But the way [the] WIC lays out the actual contracting, the USDA gives the money to each state, and then each state chooses one of these manufacturers, and gives them the contract for the whole state,” Matt Stoller, director of research at the American Economic Liberties Project, says.
“It means that every retailer in the state is basically going to carry only that brand. Because half of your customers [aren’t] … able to look at any other manufacturers’ items.”
Today, On Point: Corporate monopolies, infant formula and hungry babies.
~~ > (Check out the link above. We will start to hear all sorts of excuses and possibilities for the drastic baby formula shortage all feasible but just compounding factors to a simple milk formula business plan. Just so we all know like in the manufacturing industry production is always based on Expected Demand and if there's no expected demand then production Stops for that period of time. Yes indeed because if not then how come the raw product that makes formula is Not in short supply for most places. At the end of a long horrible day one can make their own formula at home without much concern. However there seems to be a lot of panic out there and I don't think it's necessary if we understand the business plan but what they Did Not expect was breast-feeding mothers all suddenly having to go on to formula at the same time because of Their own health concerns after the experimental vaccination, which is a Disgrace on milk producers part for their lack of foresight)