The White House stated that President Joe Biden would host a roundtable discussion with the leaders of baby-formula producers ByHeart, Bubs Australia, Reckitt, Perrigo Co., and Gerber to fix supply issues. The list contains one significant omission: Abbott Nutrition. This company’s Michigan plant was shut down in February due to safety concerns, leading to a shortage of baby formula in the United States. Biden will be joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.
The meeting is expected to provide an update on what the administration has called Operation Fly Formula to import formula from abroad to the United States and deploy the Korean War-era production law that was passed to oblige the suppliers of baby formula to prioritize reducing production bottlenecks.
It was reported that the White House previously claimed that Biden's administration made the infant formula issue an important priority in February, despite the fact that Biden denied knowing about the issue as recently as February. A growing percentage of voters in the United States are expressing concern about the situation, according to an analysis by the left-leaning think group Data for Progress. Its survey, conducted between May 20 and 24 and involving 1,169 potential voters, revealed that 94 percent of people are worried about the baby formula shortage. Fifty-three percent of respondents said they felt “very” concerned; 31 percent indicated they considered themselves “somewhat” concerned; while only 10 percent of respondents said they were “only a little” concerned. Seven percent of respondents said they were not worried.