Congress Push Infant Formula Manufacturers To Address Crisis, Restock Shelves ASAP
Congress Push Infant Formula Manufacturers To Address Crisis, Restock Shelves ASAP

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) in sending a letter to Mardi Mountford, President of the Infant Nutrition Council of America, calling on infant formula manufacturers to make every effort possible to get parents and families the formula they need to feed their kids.

“We write to express our concern about the infant formula supply shortage which is making it harder for parents and caregivers nationwide to get their children the nourishment they need. Formula is a critical source of nutrition for newborns and infants, and this supply shortage has put their health and development at risk. We are calling on you and your member companies to take immediate action and ensure that infant formula manufacturers are making every effort to mitigate this dangerous shortage and get children the nourishment they need,” wrote the Senators.

Over the past several months, and particularly in light of the massive recall following contaminated formula from Abbott Nutrition, a major supplier, it has become increasingly difficult for families to access infant formula. 

In the letter to the Infant Nutrition Council of America today, the Senators stressed how dire the situation is for families, and urged formula manufacturers to take action to increase infant formula production and distribution, and prevent future supply chain disruptions.

“This shortage has placed an unacceptable burden on parents and caregivers and has put the health of babies and infants at risk. For many families, infant formula is critical for ensuring their children receive the nutrition they need to grow healthy and well-nourished,” the letter continued. “This shortage has been especially challenging for some of the most vulnerable infants, with particularly acute shortages of specialty formulas to address health needs such as allergies, gastrointestinal issues, or metabolic disorders.  There is no easy substitute for infant formula, and this shortage has left families across the nation scrambling to figure out how they will safely care for their children.”

The letter was also signed by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

Full text of the letter can be found here and below:

Dear President Mountford:

We write to express our concern about the infant formula supply shortage which is making it harder for parents and caregivers nationwide to get their children the nourishment they need. Formula is a critical source of nutrition for newborns and infants, and this supply shortage has put their health and development at risk. We are calling on you and your member companies to take immediate action and ensure that infant formula manufacturers are making every effort to mitigate this dangerous shortage and get children the nourishment they need.

Over the past several months—and particularly in light of the massive recall following contaminated formula from Abbott Nutrition, a major supplier—it has become increasingly difficult for families to access infant formula. According to a recent report, between November 2021 and early April 2022, the national out-of-stock rate for infant formula rose to 31 percent between November 2021 and early April 2022—an 11 percent increase. These numbers varied significantly across the country, with some metropolitan areas seeing out-of-stock rates of over 50 percent. In several states, more than half of their infant formula supply was sold out by the last week of April. Major retailers are implementing nationwide restrictions on infant formula purchases.

This shortage has placed an unacceptable burden on parents and caregivers and has put the health of babies and infants at risk. For many families, infant formula is critical for ensuring their children receive the nutrition they need to grow healthy and well-nourished. This shortage has been especially challenging for some of the most vulnerable infants, with particularly acute shortages of specialty formulas to address health needs such as allergies, gastrointestinal issues, or metabolic disorders. There is no easy substitute for infant formula, and this shortage has left families across the nation scrambling to figure out how they will safely care for their children.

We urge the Infant Nutrition Council of America and your member companies to do all you can to increase infant formula production and distribution, and prevent future supply chain disruptions.

Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter. Please direct correspondence pertaining to this request to Katlin Backfield at Katlin_Backfield@help.senate.govand Yelena Tsilker at Yelena_Tsilker@help.senate.gov.

Sincerely,

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11 Comments

  1. Here’s an idea for our government, STOP SUPPLYING ILLEGAL ALIENS WHO ARE CROSSING OUR BORDERS ILLEGALLY!
    Our federal government is SOOOOOO broken and is beyond repair with our current BOZO in charge!

    1. On come on get your head out of your posterior. Our government has been broken and in a downward spiral since at least the point in which we decided to enter Vietnam.

  2. How are they going to do that when the democrats are sending the formula to the illegals at the border? It is a shame that Bidens corrupt administration is getting away with the crap they are pulling.

  3. There are full untouched pallets sitting in immigration camps but our babies are staying hungry. Good job Joe!

  4. What do people think a politician is going to be able to do about this? Good lord.

  5. Call me a conspiracy theorist if you must, but a true shortage is not happening.
    It’s ANOTHER ruse to promote fear. The U.S. needs to stop pouring millions of dollars into other countries, which denies its very citizens of needed items.
    SHAMEFUL!

  6. Come on in here you dumb dems and tell us how good things are now compared to when Trump was in office.
    List all the good things that “Corn Pop’s” buddy has done so far. I’m sure your list will resemble a snow storm on this page…

  7. Didn’t I tell you how the left works? THEY create the crises then they: blame others and offer their useless solutions but only if they stay in office and raise taxes. Remember the imbecile single handedly causing the gas crisis the day he entered the White House then telling the oil companies to produce more, KNOWING FULL WELL that they would not?
    And most of you are still dumb enough to vote them in again because you think “orange man bad”! FOOLS!!!

    1. Please explain how one person “singlehandedly” causes a worldwide spike in gas prices?

  8. no reason to not say this because its already been said. I understand illegal immigrants have pallots of formula waiting for them? and the mothers are struggling to find it. Yeah, we have alot of things to survive. Abortion (getting here), the currency, having a job, laws that we’re expected to follow that we know nothing about & excessive criminal sentences. I’m sorry, credit scores, too.

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