On Thursday, Health Canada updated its infant formula shortage advisory for infants with food allergies and certain medical conditions, saying new shipments are expected to arrive next week. However, the agency warned that supplies are likely to remain limited throughout the summer.
“While shipments of specialty formulas are arriving in Canada to ease the effects of the shortage and will be available in pharmacies across the country beginning the first week of July, the supply of these specialty products will continue to be limited throughout. of the summer,” the notice reads.
Health Canada’s updated advisory comes amid a global shortage of infant formula following the closure of the largest infant formula manufacturing plant in the United States earlier this year.
Abbott Laboratories closed its formula manufacturing plant in Michigan in February after a recall was issued for several powdered Similac products believed to be linked to the deaths of two infants who developed a bacterial infection. The factory reopened in June, but was closed almost two weeks later after a severe thunderstorm damaged the factory.
The current shortage in Canada does not affect regular infant formula – only hydrolyzed formula and amino acid formula. These types of formulas are created specifically for infants at risk for severe allergic anaphylactic reactions.
Health Canada has ensured an “equitable distribution” of new shipments, which will be managed by the agency alongside provincial and territorial parties and stakeholders.
Parents and caregivers are recommended to speak with a healthcare professional if they need specialized formulas or need help finding safe alternatives.
With files from Brooklyn Neustaeter from CTVNews.ca and The Associated Press.
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