Baby formula shortage leads to purchase caps at Walmart, Target and others

Leada Gore (TNS)

Walmart and Target, as well as major drug store chains CVS and Walgreens, are limiting the amount of baby formula that can be purchased at one time due to ongoing shortages, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

A spokesperson for Walmart told the Journal shoppers are now only allowed to buy five containers of formula each day in stores. There doesn’t appear to be limits on purchases make on Walmart’s online marketplace, however. The in-store limits come at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Target also has restrictions in place but didn’t confirm the exact number. Online purchases appear to be capped at four items. That number also appears to be the limits at Kroger, though its limits have not been announced.

Shoppers at Walgreens and CVS are limited to three infant and toddler formula products per each transaction, according to the reports.

The shortages come after manufacturer Abbott recalled powdered formulas made in a Michigan plant after they were linked with bacterial infections at two deaths. The recall covers select lots of powdered Similac, Alimentum and EleCare formulas from Abbot’s facility in Sturgis, Michigan.