Why is there still a baby formula shortage nearly a year after it started? That’s a great question that some enterprising reporter should be asking White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre or, better yet, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
“About one-third of households with infants struggled to get formula in the past month, according to the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey conducted in mid-September. Close to 20% of households had less than one week’s worth of formula available at the time of the survey,” the Daily Caller reported on Tuesday.
Morgan Brennan, co-anchor of CNBC’s Squawk Street, noted on Twitter that the situation is about to get worse again: “I can personally confirm that the struggle is still very real. Awful and shameful that this is still the case- and that it isn’t getting more attention. And btw Abbott ~just~ issued another recall for some similac products.”
I can personally confirm that the struggle is still very real. Awful and shameful that this is still the case- and that it isn’t getting more attention.
And btw Abbott ~just~ issued another recall for some similac products https://t.co/cOhW7E2Sm8
— Morgan Brennan (@MorganLBrennan) October 18, 2022
According to government figures, the ongoing shortage is negatively impacting poor and working-class families the most — two demographics that Democrats claim to ‘care about’ the most. Households earning $75,000 or less were about twice as likely to report having difficulties in finding enough formula than those households earning more than $75,000. Last month, around 18 percent of all powdered formulas were out of stock, down from a high in July of 30 percent, market research firm IRI noted.
The firm also said that typically, out-of-stock rates for food items is around 5 percent, noting that anything at or above 10 percent is a problem, The Wall Street Journal reported. During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, out-of-stock rates were already climbing for formula, but they skyrocketed over the past year amid nationwide shortages.
“Trouble began in Oct. 2021, when a whistleblower sent a report to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alleging unsafe and unsanitary working conditions at a Sturgis, Michigan, plant owned by Abbott Laboratories, one of America’s biggest formula manufacturers,” the Daily Caller noted.
“The FDA did not alert its top food safety official about the whistleblower report for four months and did not initiate a voluntary shutdown of the plant until Feb. 2022. The Biden administration took numerous steps to alleviate the shortage, including shipping formula into the country from overseas, but with little effect,” the report added.
Over the summer, President Joe Biden and his handlers behaved as though they were ‘on top of the situation’ and ‘handling it’ while actually doing nothing at all.
In the spring, the administration launched “Operation Fly Formula,” an initiative to have formula flown to the U.S. from Europe in a sort of modern-day reversal of the post-World War II Marshall Plan. But Operation Fly Formula did little to alleviate ongoing shortages of baby formula.
According to CNN in June, there had been no progress at all in restocking store shelves with the increasingly rare commodity, and in fact, things appeared to be getting worse.
Now, months later, the situation still hasn’t been corrected. Are shortages of basic foods going to become the ‘new normal’ in Democrat-run America?