Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to force more baby formulations

Free market theory does not help, let's use 1950's martial law remnant

US president Biden uses a 1950 martial law to increase the production of baby food powder and thus address the large shortage of baby food in the US. He is also accelerating the import of baby food from abroad now that political pressure is increasing on him because of the baby food shortage.

The shortage arose after it was revealed in February that two babies had died from a bacterial infection and two others had become very ill. According to the food and Drug Administration (FDA), this may have been the result of a manufacturing error at a baby food factory in the state of Michigan. Production was stopped there and stocks were recalled.

“I know that parents across the country are concerned about whether they will be able to find enough baby food to feed their babies,” Biden said in a video message. “As a parent and grandparent, I know exactly how stressful that can be. I have instructed my team to make every effort to ensure that there is enough baby food and that it quickly reaches the families who need it most.”

To address the deficit, Biden invoked the Defense Production Act. That is a law that was introduced in 1950, during the Korean War. With that legislation, a president can require producers – in this case, baby food producers-to have priority in deliveries of ingredients or parts.

This law was also recently used during the corona crisis. Then, in this way, the production of, for example, respiratory equipment and protective equipment such as mouth masks was rapidly increased.

Two days ago it became known that the FDA wants to make it easier for foreign producers to export baby food to the United States. Dutch producers would like to do that, but that was very complicated due to the strict rules. A $ 28 million emergency bill is also being released for the FDA, but it is still unclear whether the Senate supports it.

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