White House announces steps to address baby formula shortage

The Biden Administration has announced that it is taking steps to address the nationwide baby formula shortage, saying that additional measures will be taken to keep the crisis at bay.

According to a report by Fox News, the federal movement is stepping in, and President Joe Biden called the CEOs of infant formula manufacturers and retailers to get to the root of the problem. 

The report indicated that Biden spoke to Walmart, Target, and Gerber about the formula issue and the White House released a fact sheet about what they are doing to take the pressure off the shortage. 

The release from the White House stated that the federal government “has worked diligently over the last few months to address the shortfall in infant formula production.”

The shortage seems to have come on the heels of the shutdown of Abbott Nutrition’s infant formula manufacturing plant in Sturgis, Michigan, in February.

The plant was shut down voluntarily due to the recall of some products because of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigation into concerns of bacterial contamination at the facility. 

The investigation by the FDA came after complaints that four infants who consumed the products from that plant were sick from bacterial infections and two died. 

“Abbott, the nation’s largest infant formula manufacturer, maintains that all testing shows there is no evidence of their formulas being linked to the infants’ illnesses, and said Wednesday that getting products from the Michigan plant to store shelves will take at least two months after the FDA signs off on production resuming. It is unclear when that clearance might be granted,” Fox News reported. 

The Biden Administration said Thursday that the White House, FDA, Department of Agriculture, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Transportation, U.S. Trade Representative and the Department of Commerce all have this issue in front of them and are working on ways to boost formula supplies, and have been since the shutdown caused a shortage. 

According to the White House, “as a result, more infant formula has been produced in the last four weeks than in the four weeks preceding the recall — despite one of the largest infant formula production facilities in the U.S. being offline.”