Clare Murphy, Director of External Affairs at BPAS, said:
“In the first year of a baby’s life, the vast majority of parents will use formula milk at some stage. It is incredibly concerning to hear that some parents are unable to find supplies in their usual supermarket, and that it is being sold at extortionate prices online. This is exploitation at a time of international crisis, and families will suffer as a result.
“If supermarkets are unable to guarantee a regular and consistent supply of formula milk in all their outlets, they should consider introducing a maximum purchase limit to ensure sufficient stocks are available for all who need them. Following shortages in 2013, formula milk companies also took action to increase production and could do so again. Parents should also remember that despite the huge price premium on some milks imposed by companies, first infant milks must adhere to strict rules on formulation so different brands can be used without causing harm. Parents need reassurance on the supply of milk: formula is an essential item, and should be treated as such.”
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