Parents panicked over national shortage of baby milk formula ‘Can't find them anywhere!’

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After a problem with one of the ingredients, Danone is facing a shortage of ready made milk bottles which many parents rely on. The company owns the UK’s largest formula brands, Aptamil and Cow and Gate, who are facing a lack of availability in the products as a result.

Shoppers have been unable to get the product in major chains such as Tesco and Boots as the supply issues take effect.

This is reflected in the retailer’s online stores, with Boots alone displaying all six of its Aptamil products as out of stock.

Parents have been taking to social media to share their fears over not being able to get the formula milk they need.

One said: “@cowandgate why can I not buy readymade formula anywhere in Sheffield?!?! Is there a shortage? Looks like I’ll have to switch to Aptamil soon!”

A second added: “Have also been searching! There’s a shortage at the moment as some issue with one of the ingredients I think. Worth checking M&S though as they have had them this week and cheaper too.”

Another said: “I can’t find it anywhere. It’s starting to give me real anxiety!”

Paloma Faith, British singer-songwriter, was among the many anxious parents writing online.

She said: “The search for aptamil ready to drink continues ….. #mixfeeding”

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After someone advised her to try Asda and Boots, the artist added: “I tried them to no avail! Think in London everyone stock piles !”

A spokesperson for Danone 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 re-started at our factory and we are sending out supplies to retailers.”

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