How Wayne and Ashland families are dealing with baby formula shortage

Parenting can be stressful enough without worrying about how to feed the baby in the midst of a nationwide formula shortage.

In February, baby formula producer Abbott Nutrition had to recall three formulas due to a concern for bacterial contamination at a plant in Sturgis, Michigan. This led to the closure of the facility for several months, a halt in production of roughly 20% of all baby formula across the country and a decreasing supply of formula for countless families.

Although Abbott announced June 4 it had restarted production at the facility, locally, Ashland and Wayne County officials say they do not expect the problem to be resolved any time soon and hope the community can continue to help those affected by the shortage.

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