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Woman confronted with shopping cart full of baby food in finish

A TikTok showing a woman interrogating another woman at Target after she allegedly cleaned out a baby food aisle has gone viral, sparking significant discussion on the platform.

The video, posted by user @chopnedits, shows a woman (whom @chopnedits claims is his younger sister and mother-to-be) questioning another woman about the amount of formula in her car .

This TikTok currently has over 2.2 million views.

@chopnedits My younger sister, first time mom… and that’s the crap new moms deal with. #young mothers #roevswade #formula ♬ Original sound – Chopnedits

“You have a whole car! Look at that!” says the woman in the video.

“But I need it for my baby!” The other woman replies.

“Don’t you think I need it for my baby too?” The woman replies.

Their interaction goes back and forth as the video progresses, with the baby food buyer never relenting or offering the woman any of her baby food.

“People like that cause the shortage,” reads the text superimposed on the video. “Not enough formula for kids, but hey, let’s ban abortions.”

@chopnedits later posted the full video of the interaction.

@chopnedits Full video of the real #formula deficiency ♬ Original sound – Chopnedits

While buyouts like this are reportedly contributing in part to people’s inability to buy baby food, there are more important reasons people are having such a hard time finding baby food in America today.

One company, Abbott, accounts for 40% of formula production in the United States time. In February, the company issued a recall of three popular baby formulas “after a type of bacteria was found in them that has been linked to the hospitalization and death of several babies [one of the company’s plants]” time reported. Abbott has reportedly denied that there is conclusive evidence linking this bacterium to the diseases and deaths.

However, Abbott has been accused of being aware of issues with its pre-February production. Salon reported that a whistleblower filing dated Oct. 19, 2021 identified many issues with the facility, including faulty equipment that could lead to a bacterial outbreak.

“A number of product flow tubes were punctured and left pinholes,” according to the complaint cited by Salon. “This allowed bacteria to enter the system and at times resulted in insufficient removal of bacteria during clean-in-place (CIP) washes. This, in turn, caused the product flowing through the tubes to pick up the bacteria trapped in the defective areas of the tube.”

A footnote, also quoted by Salon, states that the “complainant was advised by an operator that management at the Sturgis site had known of the faulty equipment for five to seven years [bacteria outbreak] occurs.”

Despite these problems, which the complaint said could have been resolved through repairs and part replacements, Abbott reportedly did not spend the money needed to repair it. The company that the Guardian reports that “net profits have skyrocketed[ing] by 94% between 2019 and 2021”, decided instead “[increase] Dividends to shareholders by over 25% while announcing a $5 billion share buyback program.”

Locally, this means sourcing baby food is becoming significantly more difficult, and there is no end in sight.

In the comments below @chopnedits’ video, users gave their own take on why the woman was buying so much formula and the state of baby formula in the US in general.

“She’ll probably continue to sell,” speculated one user.

“If there is a shortage there should only be a limit of 4 per customer,” shared another user. “I get time, I’m tough, but I have respect for others.”

While some have said people should breastfeed instead or find alternatives, as @chopnedits points out in a follow-up video, that’s not always possible.

@chopnedits Since you all want a pt2, there you go #formulashortage #formulashortage2022 #sorrynotsorry ♬ Original sound – Chopnedits

“Tell that to a damn breast cancer survivor who lost both breasts, got pregnant and is on formula,” he says. “In places where there are no limits, if you’re clearing out an entire shelf while someone behind you is obviously looking at formula, leave a few behind.”

Commentators supported this idea.

“No woman should have to explain why she’s not breastfeeding,” said one user. “It’s nobody’s business but her!”

“There are also single fathers,” added another. “They obviously can’t take natural paths.”

“Let’s also remember that some children also need formula because of serious medical conditions and that affects them too,” explained a third.

The Daily Dot reached out to @chopnedits for comment.


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*Initial publication: May 23, 2022 at 8:54 am CDT

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