Federal authorities are acknowledging that Canada is facing a shortage of formulas for babies with food allergies and some health conditions.

Health Canada says in a Thursday advisory that supplies of allergy-friendly formulas aren’t meeting demand in some provinces.

The statement comes amid widespread formula shortages south of the border after the shutdown of a large U.S. manufacturing plant, which also ships hypoallergenic formula to Canada.

Health Canada says there are two types of formula for babies with food allergies: extensively hydrolyzed and amino acid-based.

It says that the shortage of extensively hydrolyzed formulas is straining the already limited supply of amino acid-based products, which are intended for babies at risk of severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis.

Health Canada says it’s critical that these products be reserved for babies who need them.

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