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Shortage of baby formula in US

Date: 26 May 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

Massive shortage of the medical-grade baby food in US has forced the country to import from Germany.

 

Background

The Joe Biden administration has initiated Operation Fly Formula to import more baby formula from abroad.

 

Details

The baby formula shipment was flown in to Indiana and will be tested for quality at a lab there before being distributed.

 

Baby formula

  • Baby formula is a special diet for infants, which is similar to human milk, and is considered as a partial or complete substitute for human milk.

  • FDA has made laws and regulations governing food, as well as set nutrient requirements for baby formula.

 

Measures to increase supply of baby formula

  • The government has invoked the Defense Production Act to increase domestic production.

  • The government has launched Operation Fly Formula to use federal planes to fly formula in from abroad

 

Reasons for shortage

  • Destruction in supply chain is the main reason for the shortage of baby formula. Companies manufacturing baby formula have not been able to source raw materials.

  • Many brands of baby formula have been recalled from markets owing to federal investigations.