Baby formula shortage still having major impact on Peace Region families
FORT ST. JOHN -- The outcry over the national baby formula shortage has largely gone quiet over the past couple of months. However it is still having an impact on parents in the Peace Region.
According to Health Canada, the supply of formula remains limited after a product recall took place in February 2022 involving a production facility in the United States.
The agency says, “the total supply remains sufficient to feed all Canadian babies.”
Product availability in the Peace Region is being described as “hit and miss” by retailers here. There have been suggestions online, that baby formula is being directed away from Northeast B.C. to places like the Lower Mainland.
CJDC TV reached out to a number of store owners and managers. They all said that is an unsubstantiated rumour . One store owner said, “that is absolute not true.”
At the Shoppers Drug Mart in Fort St. John there is a limit of ‘one per customer’ for baby formula. Compare that to a Shoppers in Port Moody in the Lower Mainland, where the limit per customer is two.
All outlets say that the product goes fast when it is available on store shelves.
Health Canada is encouraging parents to speak with their family doctor or pharmacist if finding baby formula proves difficult.
The health agency is also encouraging mothers to breastfeed until the shortage of supply is rectified.