Baby milk shortage turns political hassle for Biden

According to data provider Datasembly, the out-of-stock rate of infant milk formula reached 43% at the end of last week.

The US executive, however, did not specify when or in what form it would announce its actions.

In addition, US President Joe Biden will meet with representatives of the retail trade and baby milk producers, the White House said.

The Republican opposition, campaigning ahead of the legislative elections in November, has seized on the subject and is pounding the Biden administration.

The elected to the House of Representatives Elise Stefanik thus affirmed during a press conference to have contacted the authority concerned, the American drug agency (FDA) in February: “Joe Biden has no plan. (…) When we asked the White House about the shortage, they laughed. It is shameful. »

“Missouri is one of six US states where more than half of baby milk is out of stock,” said colleague Ann Wagner, speaking of young mothers who barter on Facebook to get it.

Randy Feenstra, an elected official from Iowa, assured him that, in his region, families “did 50, 75, up to 100 miles to try to find it” (that is from 80 to 160 kilometers).

The situation in the United States really deteriorated when, on February 17, after the death of two babies, the manufacturer Abbott announced the “voluntary recall” in its Michigan factory of milk powders, including Similac, used by million American families.

The investigation cleared the affected milk but production has still not resumed, compounding the shortage already caused by broader supply chain problems and lack of manpower.

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