Using the National Security Mobilization Law, the federal government requires suppliers to prioritize giving needed resources to formula makers ahead of all others.
President Joe Biden is also launching what he calls Operation Fly Formula which has the department of defense working with commercial cargo carriers to pick up formula in other countries that meet U.S. standards and get into the country as soon as possible.
After weeks of dwindling supply and parents up against the wall when it comes to feeding their babies, the federal government stepped in.
“The Defense Production Act gives the government the ability to require suppliers to direct needed resources to infant formula manufacturers before any other customer,” said President Biden.
But now, the government, along with Abbott, has reached a deal to reopen the plant and ramp up production. Still, it will take weeks for products to hit store shelves.
“This is a crisis for us in healthcare,” said Pediatric Gastroenterologist Dr. Mark Corkins. “Trying to use some alternatives, but the standard ones that you would usually think of, there’s none to be had.”
The government has now approved flying in formula from other countries in what the president calls Operation Fly Formula.
“That’s to be able to speed up the import of infant formula and start getting more formula in stores as fast as possible,” President Biden said.
Don’t expect the imported formula to hit shelves soon as foreign manufacturers still have to apply to the FDA for a permit.