Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik released the following statement after baby formula maker Abbott announced it has reached an agreement with the FDA to restart production at its Sturgis, Michigan factory.
“For months, Biden’s FDA ignored the warning signs of this shortage and dragged their feet until families were in crisis. I sounded the alarm months ago on behalf of mothers, fathers, and grandparents trying to feed their babies. Following my initial call to action, the FDA should have prioritized this immediately, but formula on shelves for families is still weeks away. I will continue to push for solutions, so this never happens again.”
In February, Stefanik sent a letter calling on the FDA to address safety and supply concerns regarding baby formula following a recall of powdered formulas after reports of related illness in infants.
Last week, Stefanik and Congresswoman Ashley Hinson (R-IA) called on the FDA to provide a clear timeline for when baby formula inventory is expected to be sufficiently restocked as well as a long-term plan to minimize supply chain disruptions for baby formula.
Stefanik did not receive a response from the FDA to her initial letter until May 11, months after she sounded the alarm and well after Americans were suffering from this baby formula crisis.