Watch: Buttigieg's Spins Sad Sob Story About Formula & Gets Schooled On Inflation By 'Friendly Host'

By Eliana Regev | Thursday, 19 May 2022 05:15
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Pete Buttigieg said the baby formula deficiency is causing problems for him and his husband Chasten as they have had to “root around” and reach out to friends out of state to get food for their nine-month-old twins. Meanwhile, the CNBC host who interviewed him called him out on Biden's plans saying, 'that is not how you solve inflation'.

The transportation secretary said their twins - Penelope Rose and Joseph August Buttigieg - are “completely reliant” on formula.

“Like millions of Americans, we’ve had to root around to find different solutions. Spend more time clicking and clicking online - even get in touch with relatives out of state. We’re okay we’ve figured it out at least for now,” he told Sirius XM.

“But I think a lot about the situation for parents who don’t have the time or don’t have a car, don’t have the money to be able to go from store to store looking for solutions,” he added.

The FDA on Friday revealed it was working to facilitate a procedure that will get more products to consumers - while also meeting safety, quality, and labeling criteria.

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Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf said the agency would announce plans this week describing how manufacturers and suppliers abroad will be able to more easily import their products into the U.S. and new options for American companies.

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The $4 billion U.S. baby formula market is overwhelmed by domestic producers, with limited import options, high tariffs, and demanding safety rules that include labeling standards.

The FDA could have fast-tracked permission for baby formula products broadly available in Europe. Still, the health agency has a history of being sluggish with approving products for consumption in the U.S. long after European regulators have deemed them safe.

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The $4 billion U.S. baby formula market is dominated by domestic producers, with import options limited, subject to high tariffs and onerous safety rules that include labeling standards.

These long-standing rules have worsened the current crisis - and are central to officials’ actions to ease the shortage.

“We believe these and other ongoing efforts will help dramatically improve the supply in the U.S. in a matter of weeks,” FDA Commissioner Robert Califf wrote on Twitter. “Our data indicates that in-stock rates in retail stores are stabilizing but we continue to work around the clock to further increase availability.”

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Meanwhile, the head of one of the four companies that control upwards of 90 percent of the U.S. market for baby formula on Friday cautioned that he expects shortages and heightened demand for the formula to last for the “balance of the year.”

Califf rejected that prediction on Monday, saying that he expects an update on getting more products on the shelves by the end of the day.

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