Infant formula shortage: Utah Senator Mitt Romney asks FDA, USDA for answer

“The current shortage is having a serious impact on infant health,” said Senator Mitt Romney, and the Food and Drug Administration and the USDA will do more to ensure the availability of infant formula. I hope that.

In a letter sent to FDA Commissioner Robert Caliph and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Billsack on Tuesday, Romney said authorities have “responsibility” to mitigate its effects. Insufficient milk powder.. He also sought up-to-date information on the investigation of contaminated milk powder that had to be recalled and shut down at the Abbott Nutrition Factory in Sturgis, Michigan.

“I have taken every step to solve the situation where the federal government is becoming more and more urgent, including the possibility of being associated with the deaths of several babies, and there is a national shortage of infant formula. I’m writing to make sure I’m doing it, “says Romney. “(FDA) and (USDA) protect infants’ health by making safe powdered milk available, and in the event of a crisis, mitigate the deficiencies that endanger the lives of babies across the country in emergencies. Responsible for initiating a response plan … I am deeply concerned about the apparent lack of effective mitigation strategies and both agencies can safely resolve this situation. I urge you to act as quickly as possible. “

Why is there a lack of formula?

In addition to supply chain problems that plague the economy as a whole, infant formula is becoming increasingly scarce in February. FDA After four babies were hospitalized in Cronobacter Sakazaki, the Abbott nutrient factory was virtually closed. This is a rare bacterial infection that can be fatal to an infant. Cronobacter was also found in abbott plants. Two of the babies died.

according to PoliticoAbbott Nutrition is not only one of the country’s largest suppliers, but also a special prescription that is “the lifeline of thousands of people with rare medical conditions” where many parents are concerned about their child’s health. Also offers.

In light of the shortage, several major grocery and pharmacy chains, including CVS and Walgreens, impose limits on the amount of infant formula customers can buy at one time. BBC..

“We are very concerned about the lack of formula products that will affect American families due to the essential closure of the Sturges facility,” Romney wrote. “Recalls and shutdowns affect the affordability and availability of infant formula. Some chain retailers are limiting the number of products per purchase to manage inventory and despair. Family is facing soaring costs through third-party retailers. Infant formulas are also not easily recalled. Some babies develop allergies and irritability, while others are based on other medical conditions. Some babies need specific formulas. It is imperative that the FDA incorporate redundancy and strong supply chain analysis to prevent future life-threatening shortages. “

What can i do?

On Monday, White House spokesman Jen Psaki said the FDA was “working 24 hours a day” to address the shortfall. Psaki said distributors will work with manufacturers to increase production, optimize supply lines and prioritize “most needed” products. CNN..

Romney asks the FDA for information on how the FDA will perform a “cost-benefit analysis” to determine the risk of “potentially contaminated products compared to lack of access to the product”. I did. He generally expressed concern about the lack of progress by the FDA and the Ministry of Agriculture on this issue and asked for an explanation of how he handled the initial complaints of pollution at the Abbott plant.

Romney asked the agency to respond with information about their investigation by May 24th.

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