White House Tells Parents Worried about Babies Starving to Death to 'Call Doctor'
Jen Psaki gives 'solution' to baby formular shortage
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki advised parents worried about their starving babies to "call their doctor" amid the nationwide baby formula shortage.
A reporter asked Psaki what should parents who cannot find baby formula do, and she responded by detailing the steps the White House is taking to address the issue.
“I’m just wondering if you’re a parent today and you go to the store, you can’t find any formula on the shelves, as is being reported across the country. What is what is the step that they should take?” the reporter asked.
Psaki noted that the reporter raised “important public health questions,” but did not provide immediate steps for parents to take.
"But what I can report on here, what I can convey to all of you is what we’re doing to address exactly that concern, which is taking every step we can to ensure there is supply on store shelves and we have increased the supply over the last four weeks," Psaki said.
"And as the President, as I noted at the top of this briefing, we’re gonna take every step we can to cut red tape to a to ensure we’re working with with retailers like WalMart that we’re working with Wreckit and Gerber and others who can produce more to ensure we are getting supply out to stores and out to retailers so that parents don’t have that concern."
"But beyond that, that’s what I can read out for all of you from here."
The reporter pressed Psaki for immediate steps families could take amid the formula shortage, to which Psaki said, “call their doctor.”
“We would certainly encourage any parent who has concerns about their child’s health or well-being to call their doctor or pediatrician,” Psaki said.
President Joe Biden’s supply chain crisis has hit families harder due to its impact on baby formula.
The formula shortage has been increasing since the end of last year.
As Neon Nettle reported:
At retail locations across the United States, about 40 percent of the top-selling infant formula products were not in stock for the week ending April 24, said Datasembly.
The company said that it tracked baby formula stock at more than 11,000 stores nationwide.
“This is a shocking number that you don’t see for other categories,” Ben Reich, CEO of Datasembly, told CBS News.
“We’ve been tracking it over time, and it’s going up dramatically. We see this category is being affected by economic conditions more dramatically than others,” Reich added.
In February, a major baby formula producer, Abbott Nutrition, recalled numerous lots of its products following reports of bacterial illnesses in infants.
Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a notice to consumers telling them not to consume any products manufactured at Abbott’s facility in Sturgis, Michigan, over concerns of contamination.