The baby formula shortage has gotten so bad that now the military is even being used to distribute formula.
The Biden admin has just invoked the Defense Production Act which will send military aircraft overseas to pick up baby formula.
As of April, baby formula production has decreased by 40% which has resulted in mothers frantically looking store to store to find baby formula that isn’t even there.
The military operation itself will be called Operation Fly Formula.
I’m taking two new steps to increase baby formula supply:
– Invoking the Defense Production Act to increase domestic production
– Launching Operation Fly Formula to use federal planes to fly formula in from abroad
We're making sure safe formula gets to all who need it. pic.twitter.com/lnkxsaCY6T
— President Biden (@POTUS) May 18, 2022
Just now, President Biden announced two additional actions – invoking the Defense Production Act and launching Operation Fly Formula – to speed up the import of infant formula and get more formula to stores as soon as possible. pic.twitter.com/4Ss9H2T7BO
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 18, 2022
Fox News had these details to share:
Biden invoked the Defense Production Act Wednesday to address the nationwide baby formula shortage and directed his administration to use Defense Department aircraft to pick up formula from overseas that meets U.S. health and safety standards.
The announcement comes as the supply of infant formula across the country has decreased 40% since April, leaving parents of newborns frantic to find food to feed their babies. In addition, Abbott Laboratories announced a Similac recall exacerbating formula shortages in recent months.
The White House has said it is working “24/7” to address the issue.
The White House on Wednesday said that 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” amid the voluntary recall of formula by Abbot Nutrition.
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Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to ensure that manufacturers have the necessary ingredients to make “safe, healthy infant formula here at home.”
“The President is requiring suppliers to direct needed resources to infant formula manufacturers before any other customer who may have ordered that good,” the White House said. “Directing firms to prioritize and allocate the production of key infant formula inputs will help increase production and speed up in supply chains.”
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) May 19, 2022
France 24 got the scoop too:
The US government will fly in baby formula on commercial planes contracted by the military in an airlift aimed at easing the major shortage plaguing the country, the White House said on Wednesday.
The Department of Defense “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,” the White House said.
“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,” it said, dubbing the effort “Operation Fly Formula.”
US President Joe Biden has also invoked the Defense Production Act to give baby formula manufacturers first priority in supplies.