House lawmakers hold hearings into the baby formula shortage

House lawmakers hold hearings into the baby formula shortage

This post was originally published on this siteNPR’s Leila Fadel talks to Rep. Rosa DeLauro about a House panel hearing that questioned why it took the FDA four months to issue warnings about baby formula that didn’t meet safety requirements.

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FDA chief to detail delays inspecting baby formula plant

FDA chief to detail delays inspecting baby formula plant

This post was originally published on this siteFederal plans to inspect a baby formula factory linked to the nationwide shortage were slowed by COVID-19, scheduling conflicts and other logistical problems,

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U.S. Military Airlifts Baby Formula From Europe

U.S. Military Airlifts Baby Formula From Europe

This post was originally published on this siteA shipment that arrived on Sunday was the first of two intended to address shortages in the United States. Another shipment is set to arrive this week, the White House said.

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Biden invokes Defense Production Act in push to speed baby formula to shelves

Biden invokes Defense Production Act in push to speed baby formula to shelves

President Biden on Wednesday invoked the Defense Production Act to ensure that U.S. baby formula makers get first access to supplies and authorized the Pentagon to use its air cargo contracts to fly approved foreign-made baby formula from overseas to get them on U.S. shelves. “Imports of baby formula will serve as a bridge to this ramped-up production,” Biden wrote in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Parents and caregivers in much of the U.S. are struggling to find baby formula amid a nationwide shortage caused primarily by supply chain problems — that’s what the Korean War–era Defense Production Act aims to address — and a recall of baby formula by Abbott Nutrition after the discovery of serious bacterial infections tied to their Sturgis, Michigan, plant. 
“I know parents across the country are worried about finding enough formula to feed their babies,” Biden said in a video statement on Wednesday. “As a parent and as a grandparent, I know just how stressful that is.” One of his “top priorities,” he said, is “to ensure there’s enough safe baby formula and that it is quickly reaching families that need it the most.”
Hours after Biden issued his orders, the House approved two bills to address the baby formula shortage. The first, which passed 414 to 9, would allow the state-run WIC programs to give low-income parents access to a greater variety of baby formula. The second Democratic bill, approved on a narrower 231-192 vote, would give $28 million in emergency funding to the Food and Drug Administration to bolster its food safety resources.

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Baby formula shortage costing parents: ‘It’s a desperate situation for many families’

Baby formula shortage costing parents: ‘It’s a desperate situation for many families’

This post was originally published on this siteFamilies across the U.S. are dealing with the emotional, financial stress of the baby formula shortage.     

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