CNN scanned large retailers in three New York City boroughs on Sunday for formula — with mixed results. Two large supermarkets in Greenpoint, 브루클린, had no formula on the shelves. A worker at one of those retailers told CNN some formula is kept “in the back office.”
In Long Island City, 퀸즈, a CVS was cleaned out except for six containers of Similac Alimentum, priced at $ 14.49 마다. A smaller grocery store across the street in Long Island City with an otherwise very full section of baby food had only four cans of Similac For Spit-Up priced at $ 25.99 마다.
At a Target store in midtown Manhattan, the shelves were almost cleaned out except for three containers of Similac Alimentum priced at $ 14.69 each and three larger boxes of Enfamil Neuropro Sensitive.
There were also a few varieties of toddler formula available. A sign warned customers that “due to the industry-wide formula shortage, select formula items and sizes are currently not being produced,” and directed shoppers to the company’s website.
“The nationwide infant formula shortage is hurting parents and families across our city at a time when we’re all still reeling from the crisis of past two years,” said New York’s Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Anne Williams-Isom in the statement.
New Yorkers who are overcharged for formula can file a complaint with the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection.