The Los Angeles City Council on Friday ratified a local emergency declaration by Mayor Eric Garcetti to prevent local prices from rising amid the baby food shortage in the U.S.
“President Biden, the Federal Trade Commission and the California Attorney General have all warned against unlawful and predatory behavior, including price inflating, in the infant formula market,” the resolution states. “The national shortage does not cause the same shortages in the city of Los Angeles as it does in other parts of the county, but nevertheless poses an immediate threat to the ability of parents and caregivers to get infant formula in the city.”
The resolution, tabled by Council President Nury Martinez and supported by Councilor Nithya Raman, endorses Garcetti’s emergency declaration issued on June 3.
According to a local emergency statement, it is illegal for any person or business to sell infant or toddler food at more than 10% of the price charged prior to the emergency statement, according to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.
“As we see this shortage developing across the country, now is the time to prepare and take proactive measures to protect our families and most vulnerable residents,” Garcetti said in his announcement of the emergency declaration on June 3. “This statement should not be taken as a cause for concern — it should inspire confidence that we are thinking ahead and taking the right steps to ensure our city is ready to protect Angelenos.”
According to Martinez’s resolution, the city council will consider continuing the resolution each month.
In an effort to help families amid the baby food shortage, Los Angeles County purchased $750,000 worth of baby food.
“I know many parents and caregivers are concerned and anxious about the baby food shortage,” said Los Angeles County Hilda Solis when she announced the purchase on May 28. “As a county government, it is our responsibility to be the safety net for our residents and provide for the needs of the most vulnerable.”
The closure of one of the country’s largest factories due to contamination led to the shortage, officials said.
As parents become more desperate by the day to find baby food, scammers lurk online, ready to take advantage of empty store shelves. Carolyn Johnson reports Tuesday, May 24, 2022 for NBC4 News.