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Shortage of Baby Food Found at Mexican-US Border

New Parents around the United States are finding it challenging to find baby formula. So much so, that there are crowdsourcing groups to help these parents find life-sustaining nutrition for their infants. According to CNN, "Forty percent of all baby-formula products nationwide are currently out of stock."

While this shortage of baby formula is affecting the nation's babies, it has been discovered by Kat Cammack of Florida that there is a surplus of formula sitting at the US Mexican Border. In a FB live address to her followers, Kat discusses that a friend of hers who works for Customs and Border Protection sent her photos of pallets of baby formula sitting in warehouses.

Kat shared pictures sent to her by border agents, and she posted them to her FB page to inform the public what was happening. “The first photo is from this morning at the Ursula Processing Center at the U.S. border. Shelves and pallets packed with baby formula,” she wrote in a tweet accompanying side-by-side photographs of full and bare shelves. “The second is from a shelf right here at home. Formula is scarce. This is what America last looks like.”

According to the New York Post, "Border officials often have to be prepared to take care of unaccompanied minors crossing the border, though it is unclear how many infants agents might come across."

What's more troubling about all this is that Abbott Laboratories, which was one of the nation's leaders in Formula production was shut down due to contamination concerns, which prompted the FDA to close down the facility in Sturgis Michigan. However, it was discovered last month that "the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told NBC News none of the bacterial strains taken at the Abbott plant matched those collected from the infants, and the agencies haven't offered an explanation for how the contamination occurred."

Once production is resumed it will take between eight and 10 weeks to get the product to the shelves.

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