On Wednesday, President Biden called on the Department of Defense to use their aircraft to pick up formulas from other countries to bring to the U.S. The foreign formula must meet U.S. health and safety standards.
The formula supply throughout the U.S. dropped 40% since April 2022. In recent months, Abbott Laboratories, a large supplier of formula, announced a Similac recall. This exacerbated the shortage already in place.
The White House announced:
“The president has directed his team to do everything possible to ensure that there is enough safe infant formula in the country and available for families that need it. Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to ensure that manufacturers have the necessary ingredients to make safe, healthy infant formula here at home.”
Suppliers are now directed to send needed resources to infant formula manufacturers before customers who’ve ordered the goods. The hope for ‘Operation Fly Formula’ is that aircraft can pick up the formulas and deliver them to stores to be put on the shelves faster.
The FDA and Abbott Laboratories agreed on the next steps for re-opening the processing plant in Sturgis, Michigan. The FDA announced, “Guidance that will allow major formula manufacturers to safely import formula that is not currently being produced for the U.S. market.”