Americans growing concerned over baby formula shortage: poll


The overwhelming majority of Americans appear to be worried about the ongoing baby formula shortage as top Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials warn supplies will not return to normal until July.

A new poll from the progressive think tank Data for Progress found 84 percent of voters said they are either “very” or “somewhat” concerned about the lack of formula across the U. S. That includes 86 percent of Democrats, 84 percent of Republicans and 83 percent of independents.

Eighty-two percent said they favor importing baby formula from abroad, an operation President Biden kicked off this week in a scramble to get product on the shelves. The same share supports expanding the number of baby formula products made available to families participating in the government’s nutrition program for women, infants and children.

Currently, four companies make up 90 percent of the formula market.

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Among the 6 percent of respondents who are parents of infants, more than half said they have struggled to find formula since the widespread shortage started in February. The national survey was conducted among 1,169 voters between May 20-24 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Earlier this week, FDA Commissioner Robert Califf was grilled by lawmakers over the agency’s “lack of action” to ... (Read more)

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