BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Two Louisiana senators react to the national baby formula shortage and are pushing for the government to take action.
Senator Bill Cassidy says the shortage is due to a “logistical incompetence,” and calls on the Biden administration to do more.
“This is another example of government regulation and logistical incompetence, now leading to formula shortages for American families,” said Sen. Cassidy. “The Biden administration needs to cut the red tape and prioritize areas with shortages. This is telling the Biden administration the obvious, but it appears they need to be told the obvious.”
Meanwhile, Senator John Kennedy has introduced a bill that would give parents FDA guidance for making baby formula at home.
“While the FDA finishes its investigation, it has to help parents find solutions to formula supply chain bottlenecks in real time. The agency must equip moms and dads to find or make safe alternatives if an emergency leaves formula shelves bare, and my bill would make sure the FDA does that for parents,” said Sen. Kennedy.
The bill called the Mother and Baby Formula Safety Act would require the FDA to publish guidelines for parents to make formula safely, and provide resources for parents to find formula alternatives and other guidance, according to Kennedy. To read the bill, click here.
Supply disruptions and a recall are reportedly to blame for the baby formula shortage in the U.S. The FDA recalled formula products from Abbott Nutrition after consumers complained of bacterial infections in infants.
The Louisiana State Health Department (LDH) shared tips for parents dealing with the baby formula shortage. Tips include resources on where to find formula during the shortage, advising against making homemade formula or watering down formula, and suggesting parents talk to their pediatricians.
According to LDH, bacterial infections in infants were not found in Louisiana.