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Santa Clara County makes price gouging on infant formula illegal

Original post made on Jun 23, 2022

In response to the nationwide infant formula shortage, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors adopted an urgency ordinance to enforce rules against price gouging.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, June 23, 2022, 1:48 PM


Posted by Dan Waylonis
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jun 23, 2022 at 3:28 pm

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SO many bad ideas here. Without market driven prices, you get shortages (remember toilet paper, Clorox wipes, and hand sanitizer being sold out at beginning of pandemic?). Best of all, the infant formula shortage is a completely government driven shortage: FDA shut down "suspected" factory, WIC program limits producers, and Federal tariffs and restrictions prevent EU formula from being imported. If nothing else, this should be a cautionary tale about the "well intentioned" Government programs going wrong.

Posted by JAFO
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 23, 2022 at 4:35 pm

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The shortage occurred due to the supplier failure to do the work properly. And even worse, the rest of the market was trying to exploit the consumers here. The bottom line is that these actions are occurring AFTER the wife was already sent to the hospital with a broken arm by the husband. But that is something you cannot understand.

Posted by Randy Guelph
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Jun 23, 2022 at 4:54 pm

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Let's be clear what Dan is leaving out about that "suspected" factory: Web Link

"The Abbott Nutrition plant in Michigan that was shut down in February, sparking a widespread baby formula shortage crisis, had a leaking roof, water pooled on the floor and cracks in key production equipment that allowed bacteria to get in and persist"

"Cronobacter sakazakii, which can be deadly to infants, was found in four babies who had consumed formula from the plant"

"officials described contamination with Cronobacter bacteria in finished baby powdered formula lots as long ago as 2019 and 2020."

Now, we need to ask whether Dan Waylonis knew what he was leaving out, or is just repeating misinformation he received from others.