President Biden invoked the Defense Production Act Wednesday to address the nationwide baby formula shortage and directed his administration to use Defense Department aircraft to pick up formula from overseas that meets U.S. health and safety standards.
The announcement comes as the supply of infant formula across the country has decreased 40% since April, leaving parents of newborns frantic to find food to feed their babies. In addition, Abbott Laboratories announced a Similac recall exacerbating formula shortages in recent months.
The White House has said it is working "24/7" to address the issue.
The White House on Wednesday said that the president has "directed his team to do everything possible to ensure that there is enough safe infant formula in the country and available for families that need it" amid the voluntary recall of formula by Abbot Nutrition.