President Biden is finally doing something about the baby formula crisis.
According to a report from the New York Post, President Biden has invoked the Defense Production Act to ensure formula producers have everything they need to ramp up production. Biden’s plan also involve, what the White House is call, ‘Operation Fly Formula’ to bring in approved formulas from foreign countries.
From the New York Post…
The dramatic actions come after critics slammed Biden for not acting more quickly to avert empty store shelves across the country linked to the closure in February of an Abbott Nutrition factory in Michigan.
Biden resisted for about a week mounting pressure from Congress — including from Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) — to use the 1950 law that allows federal interventions in private business decisions.
The Trump administration previously invoked the Defense Production Act to boost COVID-19 medical supplies in the early days of the pandemic.
“To speed up the import of infant formula and get more formula to stores as soon as possible, President Biden has directed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to use Department of Defense (DOD) commercial aircraft to pick up overseas infant formula that meets U.S. health and safety standards, so it can get to store shelves faster,” the White House said.
“DOD will use its contracts with commercial air cargo lines, as it did to move materials during the early months of the COVID pandemic, to transport products from manufacturing facilities abroad that have met Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety standards. Bypassing regular air freighting routes will speed up the importation and distribution of formula and serve as an immediate support as manufacturers continue to ramp up production.”