Republicans Probe Biden FDA’s Response To Formula Shortage

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( – House Republicans have reportedly started investigating the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) response to the formula shortage in 2021, which they label as “poor.”

On March 21, House Oversight Committee Head James Comer, R-Ky., requested in a letter sent to FDA Commissioner Robert Califf all administration’s communications that were connected to the baby food shortage and the response.

In January, Califf had specifically announced that there would be no one in the FDA fired over their response to the issue.

However, according to a third-party review of the FDA’s response, which Comer referenced in his letter, there was a lack of urgency in the response to the problem. Comer specifically said that despite the report which noted the problems in the response, Califf was choosing not to make any reassignments or firings. He added that they were requesting information and communications that would help them gain a better understanding of how the FDA approached the baby food shortage.

Comer further noted that while Biden and his cabinet “scrambled to contain the issue” there were American families who were trying to find ways to make sure their babies were properly fed. However, instead of overhauling the FDA over their poor response, the only announced restructuring is of “the food and nutrition division.”

He further continued that the Committee was concerned about the FDA’s lack of attempts to make important changes to the FDA or to bring accountability to the agency despite everything that happened.

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