President Joe Biden will meet with infant formula makers on Wednesday in a bid to address lingering supply chain issues, nearly four months after the product began disappearing from shelves.
The White House said Biden would host a roundtable with executives from manufacturers ByHeart, Bubs Australia, Reckitt, Perrigo Co. and Gerber.
AP reports that the list has one notable omission: Abbott Nutrition, the company whose Michigan plant was closed in February for safety reasons, triggering the shortage in the United States.
Biden will be joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.
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The meeting is expected to provide an update on what the administration has dubbed Operation Fly Formula to import formula from overseas into the United States and roll out the Korean War-era Production Act to requiring suppliers to formula manufacturers to prioritize their orders in an effort to ease any production bottlenecks.
The White House has previously claimed that the Biden administration made the infant formula crisis a top priority as early as February, even though the president claimed to ignore the issue as recently as last month, as reported by Breitbart News. .
Meanwhile, a growing number of likely voters nationwide are worried about the crisis, according to a survey by left-leaning think tank Data for Progress.
The poll, conducted May 20-24 among 1,169 likely voters, showed 94% of voters are concerned about the shortage of baby formula in the country.
Fifty-three percent said they were “very” worried, 31% said they were “somewhat” worried, while only 10% were “only a little” worried. Seven percent said they weren’t worried at all.
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