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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – North Texas parents aren’t taking the news of an explosion at a diaper plant in Japan lightly.  They’re stocking up over fears of a  shortage or price hike.

“I don’t want to ever run out,” mom Jessica Berry says while shopping at a Fort Worth Target store. “I get two boxes every two weeks. It’s just a lot easier.”

Berry, who is the mother of two children in diapers, will be adding a few more boxes to her shopping cart.

Fears of a possible shortage and higher prices came after an explosion at a Japanese chemical plant over the weekend.

The plant is one of the world’s largest producers of acrylic acid, a primary absorbent ingredient in disposable diapers. Proctor and Gamble, the maker of the Pampers line of diapers, is among the plant’s biggest customers.

P&G spokeswoman Lauren Thaman said the company “has strong contingency plans and a robust global supply network to help us mitigate against supply challenges… While we are still assessing the situation, we do not expect significant impact on most of our global business.”

A spokesperson with Irving based Kimberly-Clark, the maker of the Huggies brand, says the plant was not significant supplier for their company, and as a result “the company does not expect any short term disruption to either our supply of Huggies or our production capabilities.”

Target, who markets the Up & Up brand of diapers, tells CBS 11 News that they have not heard of any delays or problems.

Still, George Williams of Fort Worth worries about the impact. He picked up a box of diapers from Wal-Mart on Monday and will be back for more this week.

“That’s why I stock up,” says Williams “You never can have too many of those, that’s just something you can never have too many of. We always need diapers.”

His wife agrees, “There is no other alternative, and I’m not doing cloth diapers.”

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