President Biden Addresses Infant Formula Shortage

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FILE - Infant formula is stacked on a table during a baby formula drive to help with the shortage May 14, 2022, in Houston. President Joe Biden has invoked the Defense Production Act to speed production of infant formula and has authorized flights to import supply from overseas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
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The Biden administration has taken new steps to address the infant formula shortage by invoking the Defense Production Act. President Biden explained the action in his recent remarks.

“The Defense Production Act gives the government the ability to require suppliers to direct needed resources to infant formula manufacturers before any other customer who may have ordered that good. That’s to be able to speed up the import of infant formula, and start getting more formula in stores as soon as possible. And I’m directing my team to do everything possible to ensure there’s enough safe baby formula, and that is quickly reaching families that need it the most.”

Earlier this week, the FDA and Abbott agreed on next steps to reopen the facilities in Michigan that were closed due to concerns about bacterial contamination after four infants fell ill.

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