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BBB warns customers about baby formula scams

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CROMWELL, Conn. — With baby formula in short supply on store shelves, the Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be wary of scam artists offering to sell them items that are then never delivered.

The Biden administration announced Thursday that it is taking proactive measures to increase supply to help ease the shortage.

The Food and Drug Administration warned consumers on Feb. 17 to avoid some powdered baby formula products from a Sturgis, Michigan, facility run by Abbott Nutrition, which then initiated a voluntary recall. According to findings released in March by federal safety inspectors, Abbott failed to maintain sanitary conditions and procedures at the plant.

On Tuesday, the FDA said it was working with U.S. manufacturers to increase their output and streamline paperwork to allow more imports. The agency noted that supply chain issues associated with the pandemic were part of the problem and that consumers bought more baby formula in April than in the month before the recall.

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