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Formula Shortage Support

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Formula shortage
Kate Geagan

Kate Geagan, M.S., R.D.N.

Dietitian and sustainable nutrition pioneer

Formula Shortage Support

At Earth’s Best, we’re parents, too, and we understand how worrisome it is for parents facing challenges accessing formula for your little one. We want to reassure you that we know how much this matters and that we are working hard to keep up with demand during this nationwide shortage. Please continue to check your local store and online retailers for availability. Also, speaking directly with your store manager and asking when they are expecting their next delivery is a good idea, as sometimes they can have additional information that may be helpful for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is there a formula shortage?

The U.S. began experiencing infant formula shortages as a result of pandemic-driven supply chain issues including a lack of ingredients used to make formula, as well as staff shortages that make it difficult to get products transported from warehouses to store shelves. In February 2022, Abbott Laboratories, the nation’s biggest infant formula maker, voluntarily recalled several products and halted production at its Michigan manufacturing plant after contamination was found at the site. Prior to the recall, Abbott Laboratories produced approximately 40% of infant formula in the U.S.

Please consult your child’s pediatrician to inform which Earth’s Best formula might be a good substitution for what your baby had previously been consuming.

What is being done to ease the formula shortage?

The US Government, including FDA, and other partners are working towards ensuring infant formula is safe and available for families across the country. This coordinated effort includes taking the necessary steps needed to resume production safely at previous levels, air-shipping formula from other countries, and allowing formula produced in other countries (which meets all federal infant formula nutrition and health and safety standards) to be sold in the United States. You can find the latest updates from the CDC here on steps they are taking, as well as tips for families who are looking for formula or want to find safe substitutes.

Is our formula safe?

Earth’s Best formulas are safe and undergo rigorous testing and quality control. Every batch of formula is tested for the presence of pathogens, including Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella Newport. Earth’s Best formula has no connection with the Abbott Laboratories 2022 formula recall. If you are unsure about which formula to feed your infant, consult your child’s pediatrician.

When can I expect to find Earth’s Best formula fully stocked again?

The Earth’s Best Team is doing everything in our power to get formula into the hands of parents and caregivers. The production facility is currently running to produce infant formula 24/7. Infant formula manufacturers are working diligently with the government to ensure the national formula shortage is eased as quickly as possible. Because this is dependent on so many factors outside of our control, we cannot currently commit to an exact timeframe as to when our products will be fully stocked.

Where can I find Earth’s Best Formula?

Please use our store locator tool to find Earth’s Best formula:

  1. Enter your zip code Filter for “infant formula”
  2. Click on the formula product(s) you are looking for. A checkmark will appear in the top right corner of the product image.
  3. Click “find” A list of local retailers will appear on your page. We recommend you call the retailer phone number provided to ensure the formula is in stock prior to visiting the store.

Which Earth’s Best formulas are available?

The Earth’s Best Organic® Difference

  • Meets all FDA requirements for Infant Nutrition
  • USDA Organic (except Soy)
  • No artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives
  • Kosher certified

Organic Dairy Formula with Iron & DHA/ARA

  • DHA & ARA for brain and eye development
  • All lactose formulation – our closest formulation to breast milk
  • Carbohydrates from lactose only — No Corn Syrup Solids
  • No Glucose Syrup Solids, No Brown Rice Syrup Solids
  • Lutein for Eyes, Prebiotics for Immunity

Dairy Instant Formula

Earths best organic dairy infant formula

Organic Sensitivity® Formula with Iron & DHA/ARA

  • Reduced lactose² formula may help relieve gastrointestinal discomfort which can cause fussiness in babies
  • DHA & ARA for brain and eye development
  • Lutein for Eyes, Prebiotics for Immunity
Sensitivity® Infant Formula

Earths best organic sensitivity infant formula

Organic Gentle® Formula with Iron & DHA/ARA

  • Partially hydrolyzed whey for fussiness, gas and crying in babies.
  • DHA & ARA for brain and eye development
  • Water-assisted extracted DHA
  • Prebiotics for immunity & lutein for eyes
  • No added corn solids

Gentle Infant Formula

Earths best organic gentle infant formula

I can’t find formula anywhere. What should I do?

We know it’s not easy to change your baby’s diet, and that the formula shortage has left many parents and caregivers feeling anxious and concerned about how they’ll feed their little ones. If you’re struggling to find infant formula, here is the latest guidance from the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics on tips that can help. Please consult your child’s pediatrician for additional advice.

If you have any other questions about the Earth’s Best brand, please reach out to our call center at 1-800-442-4221, open Monday through Friday, 9am to 7pm EST. For formula updates, please continue to check back on this page.

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