Nutrition Services Branch

Infant Formula Shortage 2022

Some families in North Carolina are facing challenges accessing infant formulas. These challenges are related to the February recall of certain Abbott infant formulas, the resulting increased demand for other brands of formula, and the lingering effects of supply issues during the pandemic. During these on-going shortages, our top priority is to help families access safe, healthy feeding options for their infants during these on-going shortages. NCDHHS provides the following guidance on what families can do and what they should avoid.

Voluntary Recall of Abbott Powder Formulas. Abbott’s voluntary recall of their Similac ®, Alimentum®, and EleCare® powder infant formulas.
2/28/2022 Update: Addition of one lot Similac® PM 60/40 powder infant formula to the voluntary recall.

Abbott is voluntarily recalling these products after investigation into four reports of Cronobacter sakazakii infections in infants (three from FDA complaints and one from a CDC case finding) and one complaint of a Salmonella Newport infection in an infant who had consumed the identified powder formula products manufactured in a single facility in Michigan. The products under recall have a multidigit number on the bottom of the container starting with the first two digits 22 through 37, contains K8, SH, or Z2 and with an expiration date of April 1, 2022, or after. One lot of Similac ®PM 60/40 [Lot # 27032K80 (can) / Lot # 27032K800 (case)] is included in the recall. Product images may be found hereIf affected product is identified it should NOT be used. Families with affected product can: return the product to the place of purchase; may contact Abbott for instructions at or Similac customer service at 1-800-986-8540; or return to the local WIC agency.

WIC Program

The WIC Program is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.

NEW! COVID-19 WIC Program Information for Local Agencies and WIC Families

Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies

Learn about breastfeeding promotion and support initiatives to help families receive the information and support they need to meet their infant feeding goals here.

NEW! COVID-19 Resource for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Parents

Special Nutrition Programs

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) ensures that eligible children and adults who attend qualifying non-residential care facilities receive nutritious meals.

NEW! COVID-19 CACFP Information for Institutions and Families

The Nutrition Services Branch promotes sound nutrition habits among infants, children and women in their child-bearing years. Branch staff work with county, state and private agencies to improve health status.

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Mailing Address

Nutrition Services Branch
1914 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1914

Physical Address

5601 Six Forks Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27609


(919) 707-5800

Last Modified: 05-16-2022