President Joe Biden has invoked the Defense Production Act to take care of the baby formula shortage that has caused panic for millions of parents and caregivers in the U.S. who count on formula to feed their babies.
Invoking the DPA will require the plugs to send the needed resources and ingredients to infant formula manufacturers before any other customer who may have ordered those goods.
Biden also directed several government agencies to use Department of Defense commercial planes to pick up formula overseas and bring it back to the U.S. to get formula back on the shelves.
“Imports of baby formula will serve as a bridge to this ramped up production, therefore, I am requesting you take all appropriate measures available to get additional safe formula into the country immediately,” wrote Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Parents are struggling to find baby formula during a shortage that’s growing into a straight up crisis. Retailers across the country are reporting about 40% of their baby formula is out of stock, due to a recent recall of certain products, as well as supply chain issues.
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