President Biden plans to increase the amount of baby formula imported into the U.S. to address a long-running shortage that has frustrated and desperate parents running from store to store trying to feed their babies, a senior administration official said Thursday.
The steps were announced after Mr. Biden spoke with retailers Wal-Mart and Target and formula manufacturers Gerber and Mead Johnson to discuss the crisis.
Baby formula has been in short supply since February, when Abbott Laboratories’ factory in Sturgis, Michigan, paused production as food-safety regulators investigated possible contamination of its Similac formula. Abbott also issued a voluntary recall, further dwindling supplies.
Administration officials who spoke with reporters bristled at the suggestion they were caught flat-footed by the shortage, which had been building since the recall.
“I can assure you this is not new to the White House’s radar,” an official said. “We’ve been working on this issue
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