A shortage of infant formula began at the start of the pandemic and only worsened after a factory in Sturgis, Michigan, closed earlier this year.
With low stock and high demand, the lack of available infant formula has created a crisis for parents who depend on the source of infant food.
Supply chain experts point to several factors behind the shortage, including the concentration of production. Only a handful of companies are approved manufacturers of infant formula in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration.
To mitigate the crisis, the Biden administration invoked the Defense Production Act to stimulate the national production of infant formula. On Sunday, the first shipment of infant formula from other countries was delivered via Operation Fly Package.
President Biden has also increased access to formulas for low-income parents by signing legislation. the Access to Infant Formula Act 2022 allows families to choose from more products through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, also known as WIC.
What should families know about the shortage? Why is the industry operating under production consolidation? What else is the Biden administration doing to mitigate the crisis?
What resources are available for parents in need? Is the homemade formula a potential substitute?
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*This interview was recorded on Monday, May 23.