Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow called on the Department of Agriculture Tuesday to address the infant formula shortage for those relying on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children program. 

The Michigan Democrat says, “Millions of Americans rely on the WIC program to get baby formula for their children, so the current shortages are extremely concerning for parents across our country.” 

USDA is providing WIC families with the flexibility to use their benefits to buy different types of formula products. 

Senator Stabenow requested more information from USDA on its use of these and other flexibilities and opportunities for additional action to support WIC families. 

Meanwhile, Abbott, the company whose infant formula plant is shut down, has agreed to enter a consent decree with the Food and Drug Administration. 

The decree is an agreement between FDA and Abbott on the steps necessary to resume production and maintain the facility.

(Story Courtesy of the NAFB News Service)