There Are Shortages Of These 2 Food Staples Right Now, Buyers Say – Eat This, Not That

Family groceries cost more in 2022, and the USDA says inflation will push prices up even faster. In addition to paying more, however, some items for a few specific household members are actually hard to come by right now, as empty shelves sit in supermarkets across the country.

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Shoppers say baby formula and pet food are currently facing shortages at the grocery store, forcing some companies to respond.


It’s been months since the formula supply was full. Since the beginning of the year, a huge recall of Similac, Alimentum and EleCare powder formulas has been issued and supply has not been able to exceed demand. By mid-April, about 30% of popular brands in 11,000 stores were sold out, and now about 40% to 50% are gone. Monday, May 8 White House Press Secretary Jenn Psaki said that the FDA is “working around the clock to address potential shortages” as stores like Walmart, Target, Kroger, CVS and Walgreens place purchase limits on how much parents can buy if there are any is available.

Parents and caregivers have taken to social media to express their frustration over the shortage.

However, pet owners face a similar situation. Aluminum can shortages have plagued groceries since this pandemic began more than two years ago, and unfortunately some items continue to suffer. Canned dog and cat food is in short supply at many grocery stores, shoppers say.

Dwindling supply even forced a beloved grocery chain to drop six of its pet foods. Trader Joe’s will no longer carry Ocean Fish, Salmon & Rice Dinner Premium, Turkey & Giblets Dinner Premium Cat Food, Grain Free Salmon Recipe Cat Food, Grain Free Turkey Recipe Cat Food, Grain Free Beef Recipe Dog Food, and the Grain Cat Foods. Free dog chicken recipe.

Trader Joe's pet food has been discontinued
Courtesy of Trader Joe’s

The grocery chain cites “inconsistent availability and ongoing supply issues” as the reason for the disruptions, and says that once remaining stock is depleted, all six products will not be restocked. However, buyers still have to choose between two other options.

As for those looking for formula, Costco has some that members even admit to being a bargain.

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