Beshear issues state of emergency over baby formula shortage

Gov. Andy Beshear issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency over the baby formula shortage that has impacted the nation and the commonwealth.

The Governor’s order activates state price-gouging laws, which aim to protect families seeking to purchase formula from the predatory pricing that can occur when supplies are limited due to high demand.

The current baby formula shortage is mainly attributed to the lack of supply after a major production plant was shut down earlier this year when the FDA began investigating bacterial infections in four babies who were fed the formula.

Under current law, the state of emergency and price gouging laws can last for 30-days; however, local county and city officials can request an extension.

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