WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — The second overseas infant formula shipment is to the United States.
“Food is the first and most important way we raise our children,” said First Lady Dr. Jill Biden.
Biden and US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy greeted the arrival at Dulles International Airport.
“I’m here today to say to parents, ‘You’re not alone,'” Biden said.
“We won’t rest until every parent has the formula they need for their child,” Murthy said.
The flight from Germany delivered more than 100,000 pounds of Nestlé formula, enough to fill one million eight-ounce bottles.
“These products met the gold standard for safety set by the FDA and that parents have come to expect,” Murthy said.
As the administration continues to grapple with the infant formula shortage, members of Congress want to know why the FDA didn’t act sooner after the Abbott infant formula plant shut down.
“Why didn’t we move forward on all of these things in March and were we not moving towards reopening this factory then?” Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) asked.
“We didn’t trust that they would produce a safe formula until we got control of the factory through the consent decree,” FDA Commissioner Robert Califf said.
Lawmakers like Griffith and Rep. Kathleen Rice (DN.Y.) want solutions to prevent this problem in the future.
“Maybe we should look at increasing domestic production, on that front,” Rice said.
The FDA now says the formula factory should be ready to reopen in a few weeks.