Formula shortage ‘is very personal to us,’ says Buttigieg

” We understood. We are ready, at least for now. But I think what it would be. If you’re a shift worker with two jobs, you might not have a car, you literally don’t have the time or the money to go from store to store,” he said. added. “That’s why it’s such a serious issue, and that’s why it’s getting attention at the highest levels.”

Buttigieg and her husband, Chasten, adopted newborn twins late last year.

The infant formula shortage was fueled by a major recall of Abbott Nutrition products in February, as well as the month-long closure of the company’s Michigan infant formula plant following an investigation. of the Food and Drug Administration.

Still, the issue has been simmering for months amid supply chain issues.

The administration last week announced plans to ramp up manufacturing, boost imports to boost supply and tackle price gouging.

Pressed on whether the administration acted quickly enough when supply to retailers has dwindled since the summer, Buttigieg said the administration “acted from day one” following Abbott’s recall.

“Basically, we’re here because a company couldn’t guarantee that their factory was safe and that factory closed,” Buttigieg said.

” without issue”

“Let’s be very clear. It is a capitalist country. The government does not manufacture infant formula and should not. Companies make formulas, and one of those companies – a company that seems to have a 40% market share – screwed up,” he added. “So the most important thing to do right now, of course, is to keep this Michigan plant running safely.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, meanwhile, announced votes this week on bills to ease supply shortages and improve formula access for low-income families.


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