PRESS RELEASE: ICYMI: Biden Orders U.S. Military To Airlift Baby Formula From Europe
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 24, 2022
Jack Miller, Communications Director
ICYMI: Biden Orders U.S. Military To Airlift Baby Formula From Europe
While 192 House Republicans Vote Against $28 Million In Emergency Funding, President Biden Mobilizes Massive Federal Response To Address Shortage
In Case You Missed It – President Biden ordered the U.S. military to airlift baby formula from Europe this week, securing 1.5 million eight-ounce bottles and helping to alleviate the shortage of formula nationwide. Biden also invoked the Defense Production Act last week to increase production.
This action stands in stark contrast to 192 House Republicans who voted against a bill that would support the Food & Drug Administration’s efforts to address the shortage.
A shipment of infant formula intended to fill a nationwide shortage arrived in the United States from Europe on Sunday, and a second flight was expected to bring additional supplies in the coming days, the Biden administration said. The shipment, equivalent to about 500,000 eight-ounce bottles, contained a hypoallergenic formula for children with cow’s milk protein allergy, the White House said in a statement. It provides enough formula to take care of 9,000 babies and 18,000 toddlers for a week.
In February, Abbott Nutrition, which controls 48 percent of the formula market in the United States, voluntarily recalled some of its most popular brands — Similac, Alimentum and EleCare — after four babies were hospitalized with bacterial infections.
In another step to address the acute shortages, the F.D.A. announced last week that it would relax some of its regulations to encourage new suppliers to provide formula. The United States normally produces about 98 percent of the formula it consumes, with imports coming primarily from Mexico, Ireland and the Netherlands.
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