US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has disclosed a plan to combat baby formula shortage.
Disclosing this in a video press conference held recently, Gillibrand stated that the plan was In light of the ongoing baby formula shortage.
Gillibrand announced the introduction of her bicameral Emergency Infant Formula Act.
According to her, the new legislation would take important steps to increase domestic production and expand sourcing of formula in order to alleviate the current crisis and prevent future shortages.
This bill is led in the House of Representatives by Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA).
“No family in America should ever be concerned they cannot feed their babies.
"Corporate greed and malfeasance have put us in this dire situation and now we must act with urgency,” said Senator Gillibrand.
She added, “That’s why I’m introducing the Emergency Infant Formula Act, a bill that would authorize the president to suspend tariffs and significantly expand the sourcing of baby formula in times of emergency, and spells out the president’s ability to invoke the Defense Production Act to increase domestic production of formula.
"These key steps will help address hoarding, offset price gouging, and alleviate the stress and anxiety faced by too many parents desperately searching for food to keep their children fed.”
Following a recall at Abbott Nutrition, the nation’s largest infant formula manufacturer, reports suggest that roughly 40% of formula nationwide is out of stock.
Compounded by supply chain disruptions as a result of the pandemic, this recall has created a life or death situation for many of the millions of families that depend on formula to feed their infants, and without immediate action to speed up the production and distribution of formula, babies who rely on formula may go hungry or starve.
Senator Gillibrand’s plan will help ensure that desperately needed formula gets to vulnerable children and families as quickly as possible.