July 25, 2022
The infant formula shortage remains a public health challenge across the U.S.
In an effort to support the national supply, Congress last week approved legislation suspending tariffs on imported formula through 2022. The legislation comes as the out-of-stock rate for formula has been improving but remains above 20 percent, according to the Information Resources Inc.
During testimony before a Senate subcommittee last week, Dr. Robert Califf, FDA commissioner, said the agency was focused on the ongoing infant formula situation and next steps to bolster food and nutrition safety.
Dr. Califf said there are encouraging signs that supply and production are catching up with the demand.
“Like a plane taking off, I’d expect to see a gradual improvement (of formula) on the shelves,” he said.
Here are four things to know about the formula shortage:
The FDA has warned against making homemade infant formulas and recommends caregivers work with their child’s health care providers for recommendations on feeding practices.
HAP continues to monitor the infant formula shortage and will provide updates to members and the general public. More information is available online.
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