- Harmful DIY milk powder recipes are circulating on social media platforms, Bloomberg reports.
- According to the outlet, the post has garnered thousands of views and hundreds of likes.
- According to reports, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube do not consistently remove or label posts.
Harmful DIY milk powder recipes are going viral on Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube as desperate parents find an alternative amidst the shortage. reported.
According to reports, social media networks are removing or labeling misinformed posts about milk powder recipes on their platforms, but they are not doing so consistently.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advice to parents in February To avoid using certain powdered formula after discovering a bacterial infection in infants that resulted in 5 hospitalizations and 2 deaths.
Abbott, with its Similac, Alimentum and EleCare brands potentially affected, announced a voluntary recall earlier that month.
Then, manufacturers, including Abbott, recalled baby formula products, resulting in shortages, and retailers limited purchases in stores, resulting in stock shortages.
From the first week to the second week of May, Twitter posts about home-made formula rose 2,100% to 5,000 tweets, Bloomberg said.
I found instructions on how to make milk powder at home on Twitter. Tik’s tockYouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and some posts have garnered thousands of views and hundreds of likes.
YouTube told Bloomberg that videos with dangerous recipes violated its parental content policy. Bloomberg reported that the media had removed the highlighted video.
TikTok said it had also scrapped the videos highlighted by Bloomberg, and Twitter told the media that they did not violate their misinformation policy, but would review the practice over time.
A spokesperson for Facebook’s parent company, Meta, told Bloomberg that an external content reviewer had put a warning label on misleading formula information.
President Joe Biden announced measures to address the official shortage in May and invoked the Defense Production Act to give manufacturers priority access to key ingredients.
Robert Ford, CEO of Abbott, a milk powder producer, said: Written by the Washington Post On Saturday, the company “disappointed” families, but believed a voluntary recall was “the thing to do.”
Biden also announced this weekend a move to import infant formula from abroad called Operation Fly Formula, with the first batches arriving from Europe this weekend.
FDA advises Parents cannot formulate or feed infants and toddlers because they may lack essential nutrients needed to support their growth and have not been reviewed.
A YouTube spokesperson told Insider: harmful and dangerous Policy. As a result, the video submitted by Bloomberg has been deleted.”
Meta and TikTok did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.