Beware of ‘price gouging’ when it comes to baby formula.
If you experience price gouging, you can file a complaint with the North Carolina Department of Justice by calling 1 (877) 566-7226 or 1 (877) 5-NO-SCAM. Or online by clicking https://ncdoj.gov/file-a-complaint/price-gouging/
State officials are asking you to report any price gouging of powdered baby formula products in North Carolina amid a shortage nationwide. According to Attorney General Josh Stein’s Office, reports of price gouging are reviewed closely, and they are “prepared to take action…”
NOTE: North Carolina law (Chapter 75-38) defines price gouging as charging “a price that is unreasonably excessive under the circumstances.” There is no set price or percentage increase defined in the law. The price gouging law is currently in effect in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Baby formula shortage: Helpful tips…
*Check smaller stores and drug stores, which may not be out of supply when the bigger stores are.
*If you can afford it, buy formula online until store shortages ease. Purchase from well-recognized distributors and pharmacies rather than individually sold or auction sites. Do not import formula from overseas, since imported formula is not FDA-reviewed.
*Is it OK to put more water in baby formula? Short answer= NO.
While it may be tempting to water down formula to stretch it out, it is not safe to do that. Always follow label instructions or those given to you by your pediatrician. Watering down formula is dangerous. It can cause nutritional imbalances in your baby and lead to serious health problems. Always mix formula as directed by the manufacturer.
Can I make my own baby formula? Not recommended…
The AAP strongly advises against homemade formula. Although recipes for homemade formulas circulating on the internet may seem healthy or less expensive, they are not safe and do not meet your baby’s nutritional needs. Infant deaths have been reported from use of some homemade formulas.
Additional resources: https://www.hhs.gov/formula/index.html
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