粉ミルクの不足は公衆衛生上の危機です

実際には, それはパンデミックの始まりにまでさかのぼることができます, 全国の家族が, フォーミュラを含む多くの基本的な食品に備蓄されている封鎖と閉鎖に直面している. Of course this problem was exacerbated this February, when the FDA instituted product recalls and closed the big Abbott plant in Sturgis, ミシガン, 以上で 483 “observations,” including the possible though unproven tie of several cases of bacterial contamination causing illness and death of two infants.

AMID THE BABY FORMULA SHORTAGE, SC MOM GOES VIRAL FOR POST

Store shelves are empty after a baby formula shortage.

Store shelves are empty after a baby formula shortage. (フォックスニュースデジタル)

But this closure has now stretched on for months, which is far too long, and with all the media attention and panicked buying, より多い 40% of America’s baby formula supplies are now out of stock on store shelves.

言い換えると, in a highly regulated attempt to ensure formula safety, the FDA has helped create a greater problem in terms of hungry even starving infants. 博士. スコットゴットリーブ, former FDA commissioner, tweets thata modernization act by Congress for infant formula should include more FDA staff, stepped up cadence of inspections, more frequent testing requirements for plants, incentives through use of review resources and how WIC is allocated to support new entrants to create more suppliers.

WIC is the USDA’s Women, Infants and Children’s program, which supplies the majority of the formula in this country to the states, especially to help low income and underserved communities. Nearly half of the infants in the program have an Abbott product as their primary source of formula, which also makes much of the specialty formulas required by infants with restrictions, including for allergies. So the FDA Abbott recalls reverberate across the entire infant formula sector, and is amplified by the panicked buying that has resulted. Back in February, at the time of the recalls, WIC did increase its flexibility, but clearly not enough.

And while I agree with Dr. Gottlieb, I also think the problem and the solution go way beyond staffing, speeding up inspections, incentives and WIC allocations.

初心者向け, FDA regulations in this area are excessive when you consider that many involve labeling rather than safety requirements. Especially during a shortage, much of the red tape needs to be cut away, much as formal review processes for new vaccines and drugs gave way to Emergency Use Authorizations during the pandemic.

The formula shortage is also a public health crisis and should be treated accordingly. Not only should there be less regulation, but infant formula (from Europe and Canada) are crucial, should not be routinely seized or confiscated at the border, leading to a much more riskyblack marketthan if they were simply screened and utilized to augment supply.

The fact that the vast majority of infant formula used in the U.S. is manufactured here is not automatically a good thing; it contributes to the problem. その間, アボット (Similac), Mead Johnson (Enfamil), and Nestle (Gerber) and Perrigo provide close to 90% of all the formula. More companies and competition are clearly needed.

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最後に, the most important thing the Biden administration can do is to invoke the Defense Production Act, not just to pre-pay for formula in an attempt to bolster production, but to establish a precedent which will hopefully lead to a national reserve or stockpile. We don’t think twice about stockpiling vaccines, ventilators, マスク, but infant formula is no less important.

Our babies are the future of this country. CDCによれば, でも 85% of women breastfeed, at the same time close to two-thirds of infants require formula at some point over the first six months of life. An essential role of government is to make sure that they have it.

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