Biden admits underestimating baby formula crisis
The US president said he didn’t think the shutdown of one facility could cause shortages across the country
The White House didn’t initially believe that the closure of one baby formula manufacturer could lead to widespread shortages across the US, President Joe Biden admitted on Wednesday.
“I don’t think anyone anticipated the impact of the shutdown of one facility,”Biden spoke during a meeting of executives from five baby food businesses. “Once we learned of the extent of it and how broad it was, we kicked everything into gear.”
“I think we’re on the way to… completely solve the problem,”The president offered his support. The president also supported the Michigan plant’s closing. “The last thing we should ever do is allow unsafe formula to be sold to parents.”
In the last few weeks, baby formula shortages in America have increased. Due to contamination fears, Abbott Laboratories shut down the Michigan’s largest baby formula manufacturing facility in February.
According to Biden, the facility represents around 40% of America’s formula market.
According to the president, he was made aware of the severity of the crisis early in April. The White House then began doing its part. “everything in our power”This will fix your problem.
Biden used the Defense Production Act last month to help manufacturers get filters and other materials.
Also, the White House requested permission from Food and Drug Administration to import the formulas from Mexico and Singapore.
US military cargo planes previously carried formula into Germany from Germany. Washington, however, promised that it would deliver more infant food from Australia and the UK as part its Operation Fly Formula program.