With a crisis level of infant formula shortage in the United States, particularly in the state of Iowa, U.S Reps Randy Feenstra (R-IA) and Stephanie Bice (R-OK) have introduced legislation to help battle the dire conundrum.
The Formula Act moves to direct the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to communicate and establish to Congress standards by which it domestically regulates infant formula. This would also include foreign infant formula to allow support of domestic manufacturers and allow formula imports.
“The infant formula shortage is dire in Iowa, threatening babies who rely on formula for their health and development,” said Rep. Feenstra. “That’s why I introduced the Formula Act with my friend Rep. Bice to ensure that the FDA has clear, consistent standards in place to regulate foreign infant formula so that we can import supplies when domestic production fails to meet demand. Iowa families deserve to be able to easily buy infant formula at fair prices without worrying if the shelves are fully stocked. This is a distressing problem, and I am committed to finding a solution.”
Almost 50% of Iowan’s expected amount of baby Formula is non-existed on store shelves in comparison to only 43% nationwide, reports Axios Des Moines.
Both Senator Joni Ernst and Representative Feenstra have written letters to President Joe Biden addressing their concerns for the state.