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EXCLUSIVE: Two prominent Republican lawmakers who are also mothers are demanding that the Biden administration’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) take swift action to address the national formula shortage, saying the panic now being felt by families is “unacceptable”.
House Republican Conference Speaker Elise Stefanik, RN.Y., and Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, sent a letter Tuesday to FDA Commissioner Robert Califf asking for answers about how the The administration plans to solve the formula shortage.
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The national infant formula supply has shrunk by 40% since April, leaving parents of newborns desperate to find food to feed their babies. Additionally, Abbott Laboratories announced a Similac recall exacerbating formula shortages in recent months.
“We are writing today to express our grave concern over the current shortage of infant formula in the United States,” they state in their letter. “As mums ourselves, we know the stress this causes in so many households.”
Lawmakers blame Biden’s “inflationary policies,” which promote an economy they say is already making it harder for families to fill up on gas and buy essential groceries.
Hinson and Stefanik point to the baby formula shortage as “another example of how this administration’s supply chain crisis is hurting working families.”
“It has caused panic in communities across the country, as popular stores turn to rationing formula to keep their stock going. Parents should never be in a situation where they don’t know where to get infant formula for their babies. Frankly, these empty shelves are unacceptable. Families deserve better,” they wrote.
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Hinson told Fox News Digital that she is willing to work with the Biden administration to immediately resolve supply chain disruptions that are preventing the resupply of infant formula.
“Working families are already worried about the cost of their groceries due to inflation, and now parents have the added stress of not knowing if the formula they need will even be in stock. The administration Biden needs to prioritize fixing supply chain disruptions and getting infant formula back on the shelves.I will work with everyone who works with me to make sure families don’t have that added burden.
“Parents can’t wait weeks for formula,” Stefanik told Fox News Digital. “Biden’s failed Bare Shelves policies have created and worsened this supply chain crisis, and our families are paying the price. I am proud to bring the concerns of mothers to the highest level by demanding answers from the FDA on their actions to immediately resolve this crisis and prevent it from happening again.Our families deserve certainty.
Despite shortages, experts warn versus parents preparing their own formula, saying it could be dangerous for infants.
The FDA has confirmed receipt of the letter and plans to respond directly to House members, a spokesperson told Fox News Digital.
“The FDA remains committed to using all available tools to oversee the safety, efficacy, and quality of FDA-regulated products and to help ensure that Americans have access to essential and safe products. Our first priority is to ensure ensure that any recalled products remain off the market and are working with the United States Department of Agriculture and manufacturers to ensure parents have access to alternative, safe infant formulas,” the carrier said. speech in a press release.
The agency is also working to “ensure the safe resumption of infant formula production at Abbott Nutrition’s facilities in Sturgis, Michigan,” noting that the plant remains closed after the inspection of the installation by the FDA earlier this year revealed that there was a “risk of contamination”. “
“The FDA remains in close communication with Abbott to ensure FDA regulations and standards are met to safely resume production.”
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Biden addressed rising inflation and the supply chain crisis in a speech on Tuesday, saying his policies are “helping, not bad.” March inflation figures hit a 40-year high, to which Biden blamed Russia’s war on Ukraine, which caused oil and gas prices to spike, and the COVID-19 pandemic .
“It’s my top national priority,” the president said of curbing inflation, which is impacting ordinary Americans trying to afford gasoline and essential groceries. “I’m here today to talk about solutions.”
Fox News’ Bailee Hill contributed to this report.
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