Baby Formula Shortage Could Last Months

Baby-formula manufacturers and retailers say they are working to address a long-running shortage in products on store shelves, but the hardships facing U.S. families may take months to abate.

Abbott Laboratories producer of Similac baby formula, said it is bringing products from its factory in Ireland to the U.S. as it continues talks with the Food and Drug Administration to restart production at its factory in Michigan. However, the company has said it would take weeks before products from the factory are available on store shelves. Rivals have been trying to accelerate production, but challenges remain in getting supply to the right places. Many retail chains are continuing to ration supplies by placing strict limits on orders, while others are trying to find substitutes with little success.

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