Shortage of infant formula: the White House launches a website, where to get help in Alabama

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President Joe BidenThe administration said Friday officials were working nationwide formula milk shortagebut warned that some solutions could still take “weeks”.

The US Department of Health and Human Services has launched a website and hotline that parents can use to get help finding specific brands and types of formula. Many children need a specific type of formula to manage their dietary or health needs.

More information can be found at: https://www.hhs.gov/formula/index.html

Alabama pediatricians say some babies may be able to eat donor milk, but caution against trying to make formula at home with pet or plant milk. The Alabama Department of Public Health has recommended that parents contact their healthcare providers to find out if samples are available.

Biden said he was working on:

  • Increased flexibility for producers to manufacture different product sizes, outside of the usual WIC guidelines.
  • Address potential price abuse by retailers.
  • Allow the import of formulas from international manufacturers while guaranteeing quality and safety.

“Any parent who has a particular question about a specific type of formula they need,” he said, “…We have a system in place whereby you can contact HHS at www. .hhs.gov/formula.”

Currently, a safety recall from a major manufacturerAbbott Nutrition, causes most problems in the US

The Food and Drug Administration warned consumers on February 17 to avoid certain powdered baby products from a Sturgis, Michiganfacility operated by Abbott Nutrition, which then initiated a voluntary recall.

Tuesday, the FDA said it was working with US manufacturers to increase production and streamline paperwork to allow more imports.

“We recognize that this is certainly a challenge for people across the country, something that the president is very focused on and we are going to do everything we can to reduce bureaucracy and take steps to increase supply.” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki. told reporters.

Biden, in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday, urged the independent agency to “use the full tools of the Commission” to investigate and act on reports of fraud or price gouging following supply disruptions.

“It is unacceptable that families are wasting time and spending hundreds of dollars more because of the pricing actions of scammers,” he wrote to FTC Chair Lina Khan.

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