The House Oversight Committee on Thursday sent a letter dated Thursday to Murray S. Kessler, president and CEO of the Perrigo company, demanding answers on the infant formula crisis.
“The Oversight and Reform Committee is requesting information about what steps your company is taking to address the infant formula shortage in the United States,” the letter, signed by committee chair Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D- NY) and the economics subcommittee. and Consumer Policy Chairman Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) Lu.
The letter highlights the struggle families have had in recent months to find formula in the wake of nationwide shortages, and consumers finding shelves bare and orders backed up for months.
“As a result of a company’s recall of powdered infant formula, the national stock-out rate rose to 43%, a 10% increase from last month’s average. In five states, the stock-out rate is over 50%,” they wrote, noting that parents are forced to ration food and outsource, which friends or family members are looking for in d other parts of the country of the formulas to feed. their infants.
“The nationwide shortage of infant formula poses a threat to the health and economic security of infants and families in communities across the country, especially those with lower incomes and who have historically experienced health inequities. , including food insecurity,” the lawmakers wrote, noting that four companies control nearly the entire formula manufacturing market in the United States, including the Perrigo Company.
“It is essential that your company takes all possible measures to increase the supply of infant formula and prevent price gouging,” they continued, asking the company a series of questions, including the measures it is taking. to help alleviate the crisis and what supply chain issues it is facing with this pressing issue.
Mothers across the country continued to voice their concerns about the crisis as they struggle:
“I have enough formula for two babies for 14 days,” Kayla Zurenko, a mother of four, told Fox News Digital, explaining that she searched the tri-state area for formula for her babies. . “Where am I going to find the formula after this?”
This hasn’t always been a problem for Zurenko, as she breastfed her children until January 2022, but stopped because she contracted the Chinese coronavirus, pushing her among other parents who are facing a similar panic over the shortage of infant formula.
” I sent him [her husband] for a curbside order and the order was canceled,” Zurenko told Fox News Digital, explaining that they were finally able to find some at Target. After that, she tried breastfeeding again, but found that her milk supply “just never got back to a sustainable level” after contracting the virus.
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On Friday, White House economic adviser Brian Deese said the formula shortage would loom, explaining that it “is not going to be resolved in a day or a week.”