WASHINGTON (Nexstar) — Baby food maker Abbott signed a deal Monday with Food and Drug Association (FDA) regulators to restart baby food production, but it could take weeks for new stock to hit the shelves. store shelves.
The Biden administration says it is trying to help parents quickly get the baby food they need, by partnering with manufacturers and major retailers to keep the shelves in stock.
“(We) made it clear to all of them that federal resources, including transportation and logistics resources, are available and available,” said Brain Deese of the National Economic Council.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says the FDA is taking other steps, “making it easier to safely import formula products, which we generally don’t do much in the US”
The FDA closed Abbott Michigan’s plant as a safety precaution after four babies became ill and two died.
“There was nothing wrong with that plant. It has never been proven that either of those formulas caused these two deaths,” said State Representative Jerry Carl (R-Ala.).
On Capitol Hill, lawmakers have introduced several bills to try to ensure similar baby food shortages don’t happen in the future, and government officials agree changes are needed.
“As a country, take a closer look at how we’ve come to have four companies control nearly 90% of the market,” said Buttigieg.