According to the Datasembly consumption data platform, the shortage of infant formulas was 43% at the end of last week.
The U.S. government did not specify when or how it would announce promising action against the shortage. According to the White House, Biden will meet with representatives of retail and infant milk producers.
The Republican opposition is campaigning in the November by-elections and took advantage of the issue to criticize the government.
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik assured at a press conference that she contacted the appropriate authority, the FDA, in February: “Joe Biden has no plan. […] When we asked about the White House in trouble, they laughed. It’s embarrassing, ”he said.
“Missouri is one of six U.S. states where more than half of infant milk is sold out,” said another Republican lawmaker, Ann Wagner, adding that young mothers are asking Facebook to purchase the product.
Randy Feenstra, an Iowa spokesman, said in his area “families travel 50, 75 or even 100 miles [de 80 a 160 quilómetros] trying to find a ‘breastmilk substitute.
On Feb. 17, after the deaths of two babies, pharmaceutical company Abbott announced a “voluntary withdrawal” from its milk powder production Michigan plant. The official investigation found that the product was not associated with deaths, but its production has not been resumed, exacerbating the shortage mainly due to supply chain problems and labor shortages.