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NJ Takes Steps to Address Baby Formula Shortage

Many families, in New Jersey and throughout the United States, are currently facing a national baby formula shortage that may impact their ability to continue to nourish their newborn or infant. In New Jersey, we’re taking steps to mitigate the impact.

Yesterday, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 296, to declare a State of Emergency around the national baby formula shortage and activate price gouging protections under the Consumer Fraud Act. Additionally, the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) has implemented certain policy changes, through a federal waiver, to allow for more flexibility for families when exchanging recalled formula at the store or seeking substitute formula brands.

Further, the Department of Health issued important guidance for new parents on how to safely navigate this shortage.

You can learn more about New Jersey’s efforts around the national baby formula shortage at Baby Formula Shortage Information and Resources (

Please help us support families during this shortage by sharing this guidance and available resources.

As always, we appreciate your continued partnership as we work to help New Jersey’s children and families become and remain safe, healthy, and connected.


- The New Jersey Department of Children and Families (NJ DCF)


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