Baby formula executive says Ukraine war partly to blame for shortages

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The warfare successful Ukraine has contributed to the baby look shortage, according to an enforcement of 1 of the largest producers of look successful the U.S. Patrick Sly, the president of planetary nutrition astatine Reckitt, which produces Enfamil, said its products incorporate sunflower oil, of which Ukraine is simply a large producer. 

"Our products are precise analyzable products. They're astir pharmaceutical-grade products. And determination are dozens and dozens of ingredients that spell into our products." Sly told "CBS Evening News" anchor and managing exertion Norah O'Donnell. "One illustration would beryllium 1 of the oils that goes into our products was impacted by what's going connected successful Ukraine."

Despite an urgent request for formula, Sly said there's lone truthful overmuch that tin beryllium produced portion inactive ensuring safety. 

"As overmuch arsenic we privation to summation the production, we cognize that we're taking attraction of a precise susceptible population, and information is perfectly paramount," helium added. 

Still, Sly said Reckitt has accrued accumulation by 30% successful caller months, feeding 200,000 much babies per month, and is moving with the Biden medication and the Food and Drug Administration to unfastened a caller facility, accelerate accumulation and unafraid much earthy materials. 

Widespread look shortages, caused by pandemic proviso concatenation issues, were further analyzable erstwhile Abbott, the largest supplier of look successful the U.S., was forced to callback respective large brands and adjacent a manufacturing plant successful February implicit contamination concerns

Amid concerns of terms gouging, Sly said Reckitt has not raised prices since the Abbott recall. 

"Absolutely not," helium said. 

For parents unable to find formula successful stores, Sly suggested contacting their baby's doctor, who whitethorn person look samples that tin clasp them implicit until merchandise returns to store shelves. He besides suggested looking for antithetic forms of formula. 

"They whitethorn not beryllium capable to find the nonstop format oregon size that they usually usage of the product. For example, they whitethorn not beryllium capable to find powder, and they whitethorn request to look astatine a liquid version," helium said. "But I tin guarantee them the nutrition successful antithetic formats is the same." 

Caitlin Yilek

Caitlin Yilek is simply a integer shaper for CBS News. Reach her astatine [email protected] Follow her connected Twitter:

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