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The State of The Shelves: Formula Hits the Hill, Day 2 Recap

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Welcome to Bobbie’s State of the Shelves where we give you everything you need to know in just one minute on Instagram. To catch up entirely, don’t miss our intro episode and Day 1 Recap.

Today’s formula shortage news

Today’s Senate Hearing mainly focused on what went wrong, when steps were (or were not) taken, and why the FDA or Abbott didn’t do more about the Abbott formula recall.

The FDA Commissioner, Robert Califf, was peppered with questions— some better than others— and offered suggestions like designating an Infant Formula point person in the White House.

We heard a lot about the supply being steady…that was weird.

Senator Marshall doesn’t seem to get it

Then, we got a super helpful solution to the problem from Senator Marshall. “This is a great opportunity for us to encourage breastfeeding. It’s a great opportunity to encourage moms who are thinking of weaning their baby today, tomorrow or next week, this is one more reason to breastfeed a little more, a little extra, and by the way it’s good for your babies.”

The Chair of the Committee weighs in on the formula crisis

The Chair of the Committee, Senator Murray, sums it up well, “Let me be clear—the fact we even have to have this hearing, the fact that shelves are empty, the fact that babies across the country are going hungry and parents can’t find what they need to feed their infants is a massive, unacceptable failure.”

The Mr. Califf himself seemed to agree when he said: “There are systemic issues at FDA and in our interactions with the industry and our authorities that need to be corrected.”

Not a ton of positive takeaways except for the fact that these conversations are happening.

Stay tuned for more updates as they come.

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