July 2, 2022

Biden implements the Safety Production Act to increase child formula distribution

WASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden on Wednesday took steps to address the shortage of infant formula in the United States by enforcing the Defense Production Act to help manufacturers obtain supplies needed to increase supply, the White House said.

Biden advised U.S. companies to use Department of Defense commercial aircraft to bring the formula to the United States from abroad.

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On Monday, Abbott said he had reached an agreement with a U.S. health regulator to resume production of baby formula at his Michigan plant, a key step in resolving the nationwide shortage.

In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Bezera and Agriculture Secretary Tom Wilsack, Biden noted that the industry needs to produce more formulas in the coming weeks and months.

“The import of Baby Formula will be a bridge to this rapid production. Therefore, I urge you to take all appropriate steps to bring the extra safe formula into the country immediately,” he said.

The White House has said it will implement the Biden Security Product Act to ensure that manufacturers have the ingredients to make the safe formula.

“The president is asking suppliers to provide suppliers with the necessary resources, and any other customer may have ordered the product,” the White House said.

In addition, he introduced “Operation Fly Formula” to speed up baby formula imports and get more formulas to stores faster.

Biden advised the HHS and USDA to use military commercial aircraft as a formula for foreign children that meets US health and safety standards.

“The passage of regular air cargo routes will accelerate the import and distribution of the formula and act in immediate support as manufacturers continue to increase production,” the White House said.

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Report by Eric Beach and Steve Holland; Editing by Tim Ahman and David Gregorio

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