Nationwide shortage of baby milk leaves shelves empty due to supply issue

Parents are exasperated as baby milk formula is in short supply across the country (Picture: Getty)

A nationwide shortage of baby milk has left parents scrambling to feed their children after suppliers paused production over a problem with an ingredient.

It led to empty shelves in major supermarkets and health stores and reports of shoppers stockpiling.

Aptamil and Cow & Gate – two of the UK’s biggest sellers – said they were ‘very sorry’ for the ‘unsettling and frustrating’ low availability of ready-to-feed formula milk.

Mums and dads took to Twitter to express concerns about having to switch their baby to a new, unfamiliar range.

And pregnant women and their partners were worried they won’t have any formula milk when their babies arrive.

Singer Paloma Faith wrote: ‘The search for Aptamil ready to drink continues.’

Responding to Tina Prentice who said she was able to buy it in Asda and Boots, Paloma said: ‘I tried them to no avail! Think in London everyone stockpiles!’

Lisa Brackers said: ‘My son only drinks ready made number 2 and I’ve a few bottles left. Please help.’

Sold out online – a similar picture across the country as parents struggle to find baby milk formula for their children
Mums-to-be are concerned they won’t have formula milk when their babies arrive (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Samantha Francois asked Tesco: ‘I’m due a c-section in June and desperately need this, can you help me please?’

The supermarket replied: ‘Hi Samantha, I’m sorry the Aptamil 1 First Pack Liquids Ready To Feed Infant Milk 420Ml is temporarily available. We do not have an estimated time when it will be back in store.’

Alex said: ‘Searching across Dorset for a starter pack as my wife is due to give birth soon. There are none to be found.’

There were reports of empty shelves of baby milk formula across the country including on the south coast, Yorkshire and in London.

A spokesperson for Danone which owns Aptamil and Cow & Gate said: ‘We are currently experiencing low availability on our ready to feed formula products.

‘We fully appreciate that this is unsettling and frustrating for parents and we are very sorry for this.

‘We are working hard to get products back onto shelves as soon as possible. We are sending out supplies of liquid Aptamil First Infant Milk 200ml and a range of Cow & Gate First Milk and Follow On Milk liquid products and these should start to be available in stores although this may vary by store and region.

‘The current low availability has been caused by an issue with an ingredient used to prevent foaming during the production of these products. As a result, these formulas did not consistently meet our standards, so we stopped sending out them out while we investigated and resolved the issue.

‘Production has now restarted at our factory and we are sending out supplies to retailers.’

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