Baby Formula Shortage:Fmr FDA Assoc. Commissioner Comments

Editor’s note: The shortage of baby formula, with resultant empty shelves and purchase limits, has been in the news lately. It is an unfortunate situation that appears to be the coinciding of several negative factors, according to Peter Pitts, former associate commissioner of the FDA. While it is true that some moms can solve this problem by nursing their babies, as Bette Midler had pointed out, many mothers are unable to do so and rely on infant formula to feed their babies.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Tuesday that it is “doing everything in our power” to improve the supply of baby formula.

The nation’s baby formula shortage has intensified in recent weeks due to supply chain issues and a recent recall of Abbott Nutrition products.

“The only thing worse than a baby formula shortage is allowing substandard baby formula to be sold to American families. The FDA must walk a delicate tightrope between safety and shortages,” says fmr. FDA Associate Commissioner Peter Pitts

“It is doing so right now and, together with manufacturers is working to assure a supply of high-quality baby formula to American parents.”

Banner Image: Baby receiving formula. Image Credit – Lucy Wolski

Peter Pitts

Fmr. FDA Associate Commissioner President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest (CMPI) Visiting Professor at the University of Paris School of Medicine. Fmr. member of the United States Senior Executive Service. Named one of the 300 “most powerful people in American healthcare,” by Modern Healthcare Magazine

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