FDA chief: Baby formula factory could reopen by next week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Food and Drug Administration told lawmakers on Thursday that an infant formula factory closed could be up and running as soon as next week, though he avoided questioning whether his agency should have stepped in sooner to fix the plant’s issues that triggered the nationwide shortage. FDA Commissioner … Read more

House Democrats to hold hearings on infant formula crisis, introduce bill to strengthen FDA inspections

House Democrats will hold hearings on the U.S. formula shortage and pass legislation to increase Food and Drug Administration inspection staff to ensure imported products are safe for infants. Representative Rosa DeLauro, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, on Tuesday introduced a bill that would provide the FDA with $28 million in emergency funding to … Read more

FDA and Abbott reach infant formula deal to try to ease shortage

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday reached an agreement with Abbott Laboratories on the steps needed to reopen the company’s shuttered infant formula plant, which could begin to ease the infant formula shortage that has frightened and infuriated parents. in all the countries. The FDA said it expected Abbott to restart production in about … Read more

White House says deal is near to reopen infant formula factory

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under fire from parents and politicians, President Joe Biden’s administration is expected to announce an agreement on Monday to reopen the nation’s largest infant formula manufacturing plant and ease import rules to allow the supply from overseas, amid a national shortage spurred by the Michigan plant’s closure earlier this year over safety … Read more

FDA chief insists baby formula shortage is caused by ‘distribution’ issues, not lack of supply

The head of the Food and Drug Administration claimed on Monday that the disappearance of baby formula from store shelves across the United States was due to a “distribution problem” rather than a lack of supply. “I don’t want this to sound like we don’t care about parents who are struggling to find formula for … Read more

Abbott plans to reopen and produce formula in 2 weeks

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Abbott Laboratories is speaking out against the White House over the national infant formula shortage and the closure of its manufacturing plant in Sturgis. In a Friday White House press conference, spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki noted that the formula shortage was partly caused by the closure of the Sturgis plant. “But … Read more

‘It’s pure panic’: Parents of Florida twins drove over 4 hours to find formula

When Erik and Kelly Schmidt, both 35, walked into a Central Florida Target store this week to buy their usual Up & Up Gentle baby formula for their five-month-old twins, they found a empty shelf. The couple then embarked on a half-day journey in search of a formula, any formula, and their quest didn’t stop … Read more

FDA, Biden ‘dropped the ball’ on infant formula crisis, experts say

The FDA “dropped the ball” on the nation’s infant formula crisis – closing a crucial factory on top of product recalls and not warning parents of the ramifications, experts told the Post on Friday.Desperate moms and dads have been scouring stores across the country for formula milk since mega-maker Abbott issued a safety recall in … Read more

Biden rejects the idea that his administration should have acted sooner on the shortage of formula milk

Following remarks at the White House Rose Garden, Biden pushed back when asked if the administration should have responded more quickly to formula shortages across the country, telling CNN’s Jeremy Diamond, “If we had been better mind readers, I suppose we could have.” The president later said solving the problem required the federal government to … Read more

EXPLAINER: What’s behind the baby formula shortage?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many parents seek out infant formula after a combination of short-term and long-term issues hit most of the biggest American brands. Millions of babies in the United States depend on formula, which is the only recommended source of nutrition for infants who are not exclusively breastfed. Here’s a look at what’s behind … Read more