Baby formula shortage continues to worsen.

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Step back and pause for a moment and put everything aside -- all the depredations, abuses and outrages visited upon us for the past several years and ramped up by orders of magnitude in just the past 16 months -- and let this sink in. The United States of America. Historically the most prosperous, abundant, wealthiest and freest society that ever was or ever will be. The nation, and especially its people, who have helped feed the starving and cure the sick out of its own pocket and generosity of its own heart, that gave (and continues to give) its blood and treasure to liberate the world from tyranny twice in a generation as well as a Cold War.

That same United States of America today finds itself on the brink of running out of baby formula.


Ho. Lee. Fook.


he New York Times reported Tuesday: “A Baby Formula Shortage Leaves Desperate Parents Searching for Food.” A headline once impossible in America.
On Wednesday, incoming press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked who at the White House was “running point” on the baby shortage. She had no idea.

Instead, she assured reporters that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was rushing to make sure formula is “safe.” She blamed “Abbott’s voluntary recall of infant formula products,” which took place after four infants were hospitalized, and two died, though there is no proven link yet with the formula itself, according to the FDA.(The White House cannot get its message straight: on Monday, press secretary Jen Psaki said the FDA had “issued” the recall.)

Meanwhile, desperate mothers are considering their options: driving for hours to find formula somewhere; trying to restart breast-feeding; or even trying to create their own homemade substitutes, which the government has advised them not to do.

They face the prospect of being unable to feed hungry, panicked, and crying infants, who are incapable of understanding why their mothers, who have nurtured them every moment of their lives thus far, are somehow, suddenly, declining to feed them.

 
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Step back and pause for a moment and put everything aside -- all the depredations, abuses and outrages visited upon us for the past several years and ramped up by orders of magnitude in just the past 16 months -- and let this sink in. The United States of America. Historically the most prosperous, abundant, wealthiest and freest society that ever was or ever will be. The nation, and especially its people, who have helped feed the starving and cure the sick out of its own pocket and generosity of its own heart, that gave (and continues to give) its blood and treasure to liberate the world from tyranny twice in a generation as well as a Cold War.

That same United States of America today finds itself on the brink of running out of baby formula.


Ho. Lee. Fook.


he New York Times reported Tuesday: “A Baby Formula Shortage Leaves Desperate Parents Searching for Food.” A headline once impossible in America.
On Wednesday, incoming press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked who at the White House was “running point” on the baby shortage. She had no idea.

Instead, she assured reporters that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was rushing to make sure formula is “safe.” She blamed “Abbott’s voluntary recall of infant formula products,” which took place after four infants were hospitalized, and two died, though there is no proven link yet with the formula itself, according to the FDA.(The White House cannot get its message straight: on Monday, press secretary Jen Psaki said the FDA had “issued” the recall.)

Meanwhile, desperate mothers are considering their options: driving for hours to find formula somewhere; trying to restart breast-feeding; or even trying to create their own homemade substitutes, which the government has advised them not to do.

They face the prospect of being unable to feed hungry, panicked, and crying infants, who are incapable of understanding why their mothers, who have nurtured them every moment of their lives thus far, are somehow, suddenly, declining to feed them.

They are trying to demoralize us…

 

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The production of baby formula in the US is concentrated in a very few plants. The one in Michigan had a major health issue (bacteria) that resulted in the death of 2 babies. Another example of supply chain troubles and companies that are lax in the area of health - too busy making product to be concerned with a clean work/production area.
 

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The production of baby formula in the US is concentrated in a very few plants. The one in Michigan had a major health issue (bacteria) that resulted in the death of 2 babies. Another example of supply chain troubles and companies that are lax in the area of health - too busy making product to be concerned with a clean work/production area.
The big question is:
Why is the Michigan plant still closed? It closed back in February.Also, the bacteria samples in that factory didn’t match the bacteria found in the 2 children who died.
 
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Step back and pause for a moment and put everything aside -- all the depredations, abuses and outrages visited upon us for the past several years and ramped up by orders of magnitude in just the past 16 months -- and let this sink in. The United States of America. Historically the most prosperous, abundant, wealthiest and freest society that ever was or ever will be. The nation, and especially its people, who have helped feed the starving and cure the sick out of its own pocket and generosity of its own heart, that gave (and continues to give) its blood and treasure to liberate the world from tyranny twice in a generation as well as a Cold War.

That same United States of America today finds itself on the brink of running out of baby formula.


Ho. Lee. Fook.


he New York Times reported Tuesday: “A Baby Formula Shortage Leaves Desperate Parents Searching for Food.” A headline once impossible in America.
On Wednesday, incoming press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked who at the White House was “running point” on the baby shortage. She had no idea.

Instead, she assured reporters that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was rushing to make sure formula is “safe.” She blamed “Abbott’s voluntary recall of infant formula products,” which took place after four infants were hospitalized, and two died, though there is no proven link yet with the formula itself, according to the FDA.(The White House cannot get its message straight: on Monday, press secretary Jen Psaki said the FDA had “issued” the recall.)

Meanwhile, desperate mothers are considering their options: driving for hours to find formula somewhere; trying to restart breast-feeding; or even trying to create their own homemade substitutes, which the government has advised them not to do.

They face the prospect of being unable to feed hungry, panicked, and crying infants, who are incapable of understanding why their mothers, who have nurtured them every moment of their lives thus far, are somehow, suddenly, declining to feed them.


Apparently there is some formula going somewhere.
 
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Step back and pause for a moment and put everything aside -- all the depredations, abuses and outrages visited upon us for the past several years and ramped up by orders of magnitude in just the past 16 months -- and let this sink in. The United States of America. Historically the most prosperous, abundant, wealthiest and freest society that ever was or ever will be. The nation, and especially its people, who have helped feed the starving and cure the sick out of its own pocket and generosity of its own heart, that gave (and continues to give) its blood and treasure to liberate the world from tyranny twice in a generation as well as a Cold War.

That same United States of America today finds itself on the brink of running out of baby formula.


Ho. Lee. Fook.


he New York Times reported Tuesday: “A Baby Formula Shortage Leaves Desperate Parents Searching for Food.” A headline once impossible in America.
On Wednesday, incoming press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked who at the White House was “running point” on the baby shortage. She had no idea.

Instead, she assured reporters that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was rushing to make sure formula is “safe.” She blamed “Abbott’s voluntary recall of infant formula products,” which took place after four infants were hospitalized, and two died, though there is no proven link yet with the formula itself, according to the FDA.(The White House cannot get its message straight: on Monday, press secretary Jen Psaki said the FDA had “issued” the recall.)

Meanwhile, desperate mothers are considering their options: driving for hours to find formula somewhere; trying to restart breast-feeding; or even trying to create their own homemade substitutes, which the government has advised them not to do.

They face the prospect of being unable to feed hungry, panicked, and crying infants, who are incapable of understanding why their mothers, who have nurtured them every moment of their lives thus far, are somehow, suddenly, declining to feed them.

Why aren't the males who had babies breastfeeding more?
 

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Honestly folks, this is not an FDA issue. The reality of the US infant formula market is that it is an oligopoly. Oligopolies have a habit of being heavily competitive, which means among other things that the oligopolist sellers tend to maximize efficiency in their supply chain and inventory on hand. The other thing it means is that when one of the oligopolist sellers is subject to a regulatory plant shutdown, it has major disruptive effects on the supply chain. This is by no means the first time this sort of thing has happened. About ten years ago, a major IV fluids/injectable meds plant in Bedford Ohio - again a market with tight capacity and big players - got shut down for regulatory problems, and it caused similar disruptions.

I like to dump on the President and his people from time to time as much as the next fellow, but ironically, his people in the competition branches of government are actually inclined to regulate the real root cause of this problem through more rigorous merger review, etc. But it's never a particularly good time to cut corners on regulatory safety.
 

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The production of baby formula in the US is concentrated in a very few plants. The one in Michigan had a major health issue (bacteria) that resulted in the death of 2 babies. Another example of supply chain troubles and companies that are lax in the area of health - too busy making product to be concerned with a clean work/production area.
the latter half of this is just false.
 
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Someone forgot to tell potater tot about the baby formula shortage.

President Joe Biden conceded Wednesday he didn't understand how big of an effect the shutdown of an Abbott baby formula plant in Michigan and subsequent recalls would have on the baby formula supply until April.

His admission came moments after formula manufacturers told him, during a White House roundtable on the crisis, that they knew immediately how bad the shortages could get. The White House has previously said it had been working on addressing the shortages since February.

Biden, responding to questions about how quickly the administration acted, claimed: "I don't think anybody anticipated the impact of one facility -- of the Abbott facility." Abbott was not at Wednesday's event.