Infant formula shortage growing: What parents and caregivers need to know

Why did it take so long for the recall to ensue?

The infant formula recall is not only concerning as it is also a growing problem as the recall has recently expanded. But the question Wednesday (March. 2) night is why did it take so long for the recall to ensue, why wasn't this problem was detected earlier, and what can be done moving forward to make sure it does not happen again? Hank Winchester spoke with the experts at Consumer Reports about the problem.

DETROIT – The infant formula recall is not only concerning but also a growing problem as the recall has recently expanded.

But the question Wednesday (March 2) night is why did it take so long for the recall to happen? Why wasn’t this problem detected earlier? What can be done moving forward to make sure it does not happen again?

Read: Powdered baby formula recall: What parents and caregivers need to know

Local 4′s Hank Winchester spoke with the experts at Consumer Reports about the problem.

“I think the key here though, is we need to fix whatever went wrong at the FDA,” said Director of Food Safety James Rogers.

Several children across the country have become ill with bacterial infections. Now a much larger investigation may soon get underway about what happened.

“There are a lot of questions that we are really interested to know as to why did it take so long to have a recall,” Rogers said.

The recall has caused significant supply issues. Infant formula was already at short supply and now with hundreds of thousands of products being taken off store shelves, it could complicate issues for parents.

“What we’re seeing is that parents just have to search more and search longer,” Rogers said. “Search more stores, search online.”

The products under recall include Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare powdered infant formulas. Check for a multidigit number on the bottom of the container to know if your product is included:

  • The first two digits of the code are 22 through 37; and
  • The code on the container contains K8, SH or Z2; and
  • The expiration date is 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later.

Abbott, which has produced many products that are now pulled from store shelves, is offering consumers a full refund.


About the Authors:

Hank Winchester is Local 4's Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV's "Help Me Hank" Consumer Unit. He works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off metro Detroiters.

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.