USDA Offers Funding Flexibility Amid Infant Formula Shortages
WASHINGTON, May 25, 2022 – In its continued efforts to get formula to families in need, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is encouraging state agencies and their infant formula manufacturers to consider seeking temporary flexibility in their infant formula contracts to allow WIC participants to purchase alternate sizes, forms, or brands of infant formula during the current shortage.
FDA Issues Guidance to Industry: Infant Formula Enforcement Policy
The FDA issued a guidance document to help increase the supply of infant formula in the United States. FDA intends to temporarily exercise enforcement discretion with respect to certain requirements for infant formulas that may not comply with certain statutory and regulatory requirements and is seeking information from manufacturers regarding the safety and nutritional adequacy of their products. This guidance document will remain in effect until 11/24/22, and is intended to:
- explain factors that FDA intends to consider in making case-by-case determinations about whether to exercise enforcement discretion to allow the introduction into interstate commerce (including importation) of infant formula that is safe and nutritionally adequate, but that may not comply with all statutory and regulatory requirements; and
- advise infant formula manufacturers about the type of information to provide to FDA, if they would like FDA to consider whether to exercise enforcement discretion regarding products.
Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics – Infant Formula Resources
AND has published Infant Formula Safety Tips, safe preparation guides, and resources for securing formula during this shortage period.