President Joe Biden spoke Thursday with manufacturers and retailers about the plight facing families around the shortage of baby formula across the country.
According to reports, in dire need of formula, parents were found swapping and selling these products to each other. Furthermore, groups on Facebook were flooded with desperate calls for formula containers, and parents were seen trying to help each other.
The problem is the result of supply chain disruptions and a safety recall, and has had a cascade of effects: Retailers are limiting what customers can buy, and doctors and health workers are urging parents to contact food banks or physicians’ offices, in addition to warning against watering down a formula to stretch supplies or using online DIY recipes.
In Washington, White House assistant press secretary Kevin Munoz said on Twitter that the administration will also announce “additional actions” to address the formula shortage.
On Tuesday, the FDA said it was working with U.S. manufacturers to increase their output and streamline paperwork to allow more imports. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said this week that the FDA was “working around the clock to address any possible shortages.”