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How long will schools be dealing with this milk carton shortage?

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The supply chain is currently experiencing a disruption affecting the availability of half-pint milk cartons across the United States, although there is no shortage of milk in New York State.

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Officials across the board state that despite the shortage, milk delivery to schools continues uninterrupted.

Upstate Niagara Cooperative has faced a 25% reduction in its carton supply, prompting proactive communication with schools, institutions, and hospitals about potential changes in packaging.

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The New York State Education Department has offered guidelines for schools to manage the shortage, including serving milk from larger containers and limiting the variety of milk offered, with alternatives such as low-fat or lactose-free milk being acceptable substitutes.

Assemblyman Chris Tague has shown openness to permanently switching to alternative packaging, such as plastic bottles, to prevent future shortages.



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