Baby Formula Shelves Nearly Emptied at St Louis Store

Footage from St Louis, Missouri, showed supermarket shelves nearly empty of baby formula as the FDA worked to ease a nationwide shortage of the staple.

Video posted to Instagram by user @80stoyhunter shows depleted shelves at a local Schnucks store in St Louis on May 14, they told Storyful.

On Monday, the FDA and Abbott Laboratories reached an agreement to reopen a shuttered Abbott facility and resume production of baby formula to ease the shortage. The Sturgis, Michigan, factory was shut down in February after an investigation into the deaths of two infants led to the discovery of cronobacter, a deadly bacteria, in the formula plant.

The agreement said production would resume “within two weeks,” which would translate to formula on the shelves in “six to eight weeks.” Credit: @80stoyhunter via Storyful

Video transcript

- Do you have to take a picture that the shelf's empty?

- Oh, yeah. I'm just doing a video of updates of the stores for people who are curious about where to get baby formula. So I'm just going around to all the stores and doing a video.

- Well, you're supposed to get permission to do that.

- But permission from who?

- From the store manager--

- OK.

- --or the manager on duty.

- All right. Thanks for letting me know.

- Do you have to take a picture that the shelf's empty?

- Oh, yeah. I'm just doing a video of updates of the stores for people who are curious about where to get baby formula. So I'm just going around to all the stores and doing a video.

- Well, you're supposed to get permission to do that.

- But permission from who?

- From the store manager--

- OK.

- --or the manager on duty.

- All right. Thanks for letting me know.

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