Dear Member of Congress,
The infant formula shortage has reached a historical crisis point with most states experiencing a 74% out-of-stock rate for infant formula. Parents are stressed and terrified they won’t have the ability to provide their babies with the nutrition they need. We thank you for the actions you have taken so far but more needs to be done to ensure all babies can be fed safely now and prevent a crisis like this from happening again.
Please pass the Keep Infant Formula Safe and on the Shelves Act, which will improve product safety, maintain infant formula supply, and keep workers safe. This legislation would increase the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) inspection frequency and reporting for infant formula manufacturing facilities, build a supply infrastructure to ensure that we have safe infant formula readily available, and clarify that the Defense Production Act can be invoked if any food-related shortages occur.
In addition, we call on Congress to support the FDA in the following ways:
- Immediately pass the $28 million Infant Formula Supplemental Appropriations Act to support FDA in addressing product shortages and strengthening the agency's capacity to assure the safety of infant formula, especially as new products enter the domestic market.
- Build more redundancies into production lines to shore up national supply in the event of a manufacturing plant closure
- Create stronger regulations on marketing by adopting the WHO Code on Breastmilk Substitutes, an international health framework adopted in 1981 and implemented by 136 countries.
- Create an action plan to properly deal with future recalls, including provisions to promote interagency coordination in advance of a voluntary recall and efforts to strengthen options for WIC families.
- Ensure parents are able to feed their babies formula, breastmilk, or a combination of both by supporting the immediate passage of the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act so that mothers have break time and a private place to pump at work.