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Whitmer says state is coordinating efforts to address infant formula shortage

Baby formula is offered for sale at a big-box store on Jan. 13 in Chicago. Baby formula has been in short supply in many stores around the U.S. for several months.
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Baby formula is offered for sale at a big-box store on Jan. 13 in Chicago. Baby formula has been in short supply in many stores around the U.S. for several months.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she is coordinating efforts to address the shortage of infant formula in Michigan.

In a statement, Whitmer said she’s brought together experts in the state departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture and Rural Development to brainstorm on ways to alleviate the crisis.

The reality is, right now, the state can offer advice, but little in the way of immediate solutions to the safety recall and supply-chain issues that led to the nationwide shortage.

The state’s advice includes warning against make-at-home recipes and watering down formula. Also, that parents should ask their pediatricians about suitable alternatives to their regular formula.

Attorney General Dana Nessel says her office is on the watch for complaints of price gouging but, so far, has not seen any significant influx of reports from consumers.

The Abbott formula recall effects about 85 percent of people in the state’s Women, Infants and Children program. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says clients should not throw out cans of the formula but return them for an exchange or refunds.