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    Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers on Thursday signed an executive order with the goal of blocking potential price gouging of infant formula throughout the state. The new order “declares that a period of abnormal economic disruption exists and prohibits price gouging of infant formula for the next 90 days.” “No kid should ever go hungry, and no parent should have to worry about having access to formula, especially if their infant has special nutritional needs,” said Gov. Evers. “As families continue to feel the squeeze of rising costs and folks face difficulty getting supplies and resources quickly, this order makes it clear that retailers looking to take advantage of vulnerable families during this formula shortage will not be tolerated.” Across the country, parents have scrambled to find formula for their children as store shelves become empty. The federal government has taken multiple steps to attempt to solve the shortage. For example, President Joe Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to speed up production. The Food and Drug Administration is streamlining the process to bring in formulas from other countries. “The FDA...
    The Federal Trade Commission has launched an investigation into the baby formula shortage, saying it will root out any fraud, price gouging, and other illegal business tactics making it harder for parents to secure supplies. The FTC, which enforces consumer protection and antitrust laws, is requesting that the public disclose instances of deceptive business practices during the national shortage. The agency will also investigate any anti-competitive business practices in the baby formula industry, which is dominated by four major companies: Abbott Nutrition, Mead Johnson Nutrition, Nestle, and Perrigo. MONTANA REMOVES 'GENDER' FROM BIRTH CERTIFICATES IN FAVOR OF BIOLOGICAL SEX “The FTC is launching a public inquiry to identify the factors that contributed to the shortage or hampered our ability to respond to it,” said FTC Chairwoman Lina Khan. “Learning from this experience can help determine how we can minimize the risk of similar shortages in the markets for other life-sustaining products.” The shortage has forced parents to search frantically for food for their babies, often finding supplies online that are being resold at exorbitant prices. Cracking...
    Three Florida residents were sentenced to federal prison for their role in a fraud scheme involving baby formula and other items, according to a release from the Department of Justice (DOJ). Johnny Grobman, Raoul Doekhie, and Sherida Nabi were given an 18-year prison sentence for cheating manufacturers out of at least $100 million. “The fraud perpetrated by these defendants is nothing short of egregious,” said U.S. Attorney Gonzalez. “The 18-year prison sentences reflect the seriousness of the defendants’ crimes. Our Office will continue to vigorously prosecute those who commit these types of offenses.” The DOJ detailed that the trio lied to product manufacturers that they had a government procurement contract and planned to ship the various goods overseas to Suriname. However, the group resold the items in the United States, pocketing the profits. In order to secure the discounted goods, the three people used multiple methods: “The first was to send “dummy” shipments abroad. The dummy shipments did not contain the products purchased from the manufacturers, but they did generate documentation to prove that an export occurred. The second method...
    On Wednesday, nine House Republicans voted against a bill to help low-income families access baby food amid the nation's formula shortage, arguing that parents on federal food assistance benefits would be depriving middle-income families of the products they need as well. Now those same Republicans are defending their vote by pointing to America's most vulnerable families as the true cause of outrage. The bill, dubbed the "Access to Baby Formula Act" (HR 7791), would allow the U.S. government to waive a number of restrictions for families on Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), which helps low-income families access baby food. Roughly half of all formula products are purchased through the program. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, one of the bill's detractors, called WIC a "problem" and implied that low-income families might hoard the products for themselves. The Biden administration, Greene said during her radio program this week, aims to make WIC "an even bigger customer, when in reality many of the parents that can't buy baby formula for their baby, they're not on the WIC...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Three South Florida residents have been sentenced to 18 years in prison after being found guilty of running an elaborate fraud scheme that cheated U.S. manufacturers of infant formula, eye-care products, and other FDA-regulated items out of more than $100 million. Feds said that between 2013 and 2018, Johnny Grobman, 48, Raoul Doekhie, 53, and Sherida Nabi, 57, secured deep price discounts for infant formula and other items by lying to the U.S. manufacturers of the products. READ MORE: COVID-19 Testing Site FinderAuthorities said Doekhie and Nabi, who who are married, told the manufacturers that they were purchasing the products to ship overseas, to Suriname, often in connection with purported government procurement contracts they held in Suriname. READ MORE: Report: South Florida Counties Have High COVID Levels, Despite CDC NumbersFeds said that the defendants did not have government procurement contracts and never intended to export the products to Suriname. Instead, Grobman and others sold the products in the United States for millions of dollars, which the three defendants later split among themselves. MORE NEWS:...
    Three Florida residents are headed to prison for the next 18 years in what federal prosecutors described as a $100 million fraud scheme that involved “cheat[ing] U.S. manufacturers of infant formula, eye-care products, and other FDA-regulated items.” Johnny Grobman, 48, Raoul Doekhie, 53, and Sherida Nabi, 57, all of whom are described as being from South Florida, “secured deep price discounts for infant formula and other items by lying to the U.S. manufacturers of the products,” the U.S. Department of Justice said in a press release.  Each profited into the tens of millions of dollars, the DOJ said. The scheme, which lasted from 2013 to 2018, involved assertions that the defendants were shipping the products to a country on the coast of South America, the DOJ wrote.  The feds explained that the case involved the so-called “gray market” — which is “the diversion and re-sale of certain goods that were not intended for distribution in the United States.” Here is how they said the scheme played out: Doekhie and Nabi (who are married) told the manufacturers that they were...
    Outraged parents are slamming First Lady Jill Biden for her patronizing public service announcement defending her husband's response to the nationwide baby formula shortage. She claimed President Joe Biden is 'working around the clock' to get concerned parents the products they need and then applauded caregivers for 'doing an incredible job.' 'Becoming a mom or dad means falling in love deeper than you ever thought possible and in those first few months of sleepless nights, of endless diapers and dirty dishes…and worrying about every little danger, your love can feel like the only thing that keeps you going,' Dr. Biden, 70, said in Tuesday's PSA. 'I want you to know that you're doing an incredible job—even if you don't always feel that way. And I know you are worried about how you are going to feed your baby. The President sees you, he hears you, and his team is working around the clock to get you what you need.' The First Lady's message - which comes just days after her predecessor, Melania Trump, slammed the Biden Administration's response to the...
    The troubled Michigan baby formula factory that shut down in February claims the Food and Drug Administration still hasn't given them the green light to restart operations, despite the agency saying it could be back up and running in two weeks.  Abbott Laboratories revealed Monday that it had entered into a consent decree with the FDA that creates a pathway to reopen the facility, however the timeline for operations remains unclear. ‘After FDA approval, Abbott could restart the site within two weeks; from the time of restart it would take six to eight weeks before product is available on shelves,' a company spokesperson told DailyMail.com on Monday. The federal regulator, during a media call Monday night, confirmed it has not yet given its approval, saying: 'We are negotiating with Abbott to get them up and running as soon as possible.' The agency has declined to answer questions about the timeline for the Michigan's plants reopening and instead directed reporters to Abbott. 'I think we all know the treachery of giving exact timeframes to get these things done because as corrections...
    Pete Buttigieg said the baby formula shortage is affecting him and his husband Chasten as they have had to 'root around' and talk to friends out of state to get food for their nine-month old twins. 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 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 from from store to store to store looking for solutions,' he added.  Pete Buttigieg said the baby formula shortage is affecting him and his husband Chasten as they have had to 'root around' for food for their twins The FDA on Friday announced it was working to streamline a process that will get more products to...
    South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune said Monday it was 'typical' for the Biden administration to be 'caught off guard' by the baby formula shortage.  'They didn't catch it on day one. And as typical in this administration, they want to blame somebody else, so they want to blame Abbott,' Thune said on Fox and Friends Monday morning.  Thune placed blame on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which forced Abbott's Sturgis, Mich. plant to shut down in February after two babies that drank its formula died from bacterial infections.  Abbott then issued recalls on three of its products in February.   'The FDA should've known about this, they should have reacted a lot sooner,' said Thune. 'They should've surged imports ... this was like a tsunami coming.' On average 40 percent on of the nation's baby formula is currently out of stock. Shortages are above 50 percent in some areas and the issue is hitting children with allergies and health conditions more severely.  Biden on Friday suggested it would have taken a 'mind reader' to predict the baby formula shortage....
    D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is asking residents not to hoard baby formula as a nationwide shortage has sent parents searching in the region. “We discourage hoarding, because sometimes the scarcity of products makes people buy more than they need right now,” Bowser said, adding that it can exacerbate the problem. More D.C. News Asked if there’s a reserve of formula in the District, she said it’s small. “It would be to help us get through some short-term emergencies,” the mayor said. A federal website has been launched to help people find formula. In Virginia, Gov. Glenn Youngkin, called on the federal agencies and industry leaders to end the shortage. Yougnkin said he and his office are speaking with industry leaders and working with the Virginia Department of Health to make sure that baby formula is available in the commonwealth. Across the U.S., ongoing supply disruptions have combined with a recent safety recall to leave many pharmacy and supermarket shelves bare. The problems began last year as the COVID-19 pandemic led to disruptions in labor, transportation and raw materials —...
    The Food and Drug Administration announced efforts it is taking to boost the production of baby formula in the United States and distribute it to regions that need it most in response to a dire shortage. The agency said it is meeting regularly with formula manufacturers about ways to increase the production of various types of infant formulas and medical foods, provide foreign formula importers a streamlined entry review process for certain products, and track trends for in-stock trends across the U.S. in order to better determine what parts of the country is in most dire need. The FDA is also expediting the review process for companies making manufacturing changes that are meant to speed up production. HERE'S WHAT'S CAUSING THE BABY FORMULA SHORTAGE “We recognize that many consumers have been unable to access infant formula and critical medical foods they are accustomed to using and are frustrated by their inability to do so,” FDA Commissioner Robert Califf said. “We are doing everything in our power to ensure there is adequate product available where and when they...
    A worsening shortage of baby formula, the main source of nutrition for many infants, has sent parents scrambling to find the products online and across state lines. The shortage is especially acute for parents of babies who require specialty formulas to address allergies, as well as gastrointestinal or metabolic conditions. “The baby formula out-of-stock issue continues to be a major problem for the industry, and we see no indication of a slowdown,” said Ben Reich, CEO of consumer product analytics firm Datasembly. “Baby formula demonstrated inflationary spikes in July of 2021, and the situation has continued to worsen throughout the first few months of 2022.” BABY FORMULA SHORTAGE WORSENS AS RETAILERS RATION LIMITED STOCK Here’s a breakdown of the shortage, what’s driving it, and how people are dealing with it. One cause: The Abbott recall. One clear cause of the shortage is a February recall of powdered formulas manufactured at Abbott Nutrition’s manufacturing plant in Sturgis, Michigan, where operations have been placed on pause. The Food and Drug Administration issued the recall after...
    The biggest baby formula supplier in the U.S., whose Michigan plant was shutdown nearly three months ago, claims the bacterial infection that killed at least two infants did not come from their products. In mid-February Abbott Laboratories issued a nationwide baby formula recall and ceased operations at its plant in Sturgis, Michigan amid reports of babies contracting bacterial infections from its products. An Abbott spokesperson told DailyMail.com Tuesday that 'thorough investigation' by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed 'infant formula produced at our Sturgis facility is not the likely source of infection in the reported cases and that there was not an outbreak caused by products from the facility.' However, despite the findings of the investigation, the plant remains shuttered nearly three months later. The FDA - which said it found food safety violations at the plant, as well as five strains of Cronobacter, a bacteria that can cause blood infections and meningitis - has refused to say when the plant can resume operations. Abbott claims they are 'working closely with the FDA to restart operations' at the plant, with the spokesperson...
    America is supposed to be the land of plenty. A shining city on a hill as Ronald Reagan used to say. It would be almost unfathomable just a few years ago to ponder a time in which something as essential as baby formula would be in short supply. But here we are -- Americans are facing a baby formula shortage and it is nothing short of a crisis. Desperate mothers, who can't find products in the store, are buying formula off of eBay at exorbitant prices. Some are being forced to substitute for other brands that their children may not be able to tolerate. And still others trying to make formula themselves with homemade alternatives, which is something that pediatricians warn may be extremely dangerous and even deadly for infants. The question raging inside of me is: How the hell could something like this happen? For one, this crisis did not just appear out of the blue.  Stores have struggled for months to keep the formula on the shelves. The question raging inside of me is: How the hell could...
    Parents across the country are struggling to find enough baby formula to feed their infants following supply-chain issues and a recall of one of the country's largest brands - as prices for the popular product soar. 'An entire month [there] was nothing... nothing online, nothing in stores nearby,' Nicole Brown, the mother of a 5-month-old told News 4 Jacksonville. 'Luckily I stocked up last time. So today when I opened my last can, that kind of lit my fire a little bit.'  In the week ending April 24, CBS News reports, 40 to 50 percent of the top-selling baby formula products were out of stock at stores across the country, according to an analysis from Datasembly, which tracked baby formula stock at more than 11,000 retailers. Among the hardest-hit areas were Iowa, Missouri, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas - where the out-of-stock rate in San Antonio was 56 percent.  The national out-of-stock levels, meanwhile, jumped nine percentage points from 31 percent to 40 percent between April 3 and April 24. That is up from 11 percent in November, as the average...
    WITH the recent cleaning obsession a lot of people are having these days, it's easy to get all wrapped up and buy every product out there to see what's the top cleaner. But sometimes, less is more – and that's what one cleaning fan has revealed. 3A cleaning fan has warned against buying so many products to clean your homeCredit: Tiktok/kami_larae 3She, instead, recommended a more natural methodCredit: Tiktok/kami_larae Mom Kami Larae explained that sometimes, people can get wrapped up and purchase every cleaning product that TikTok users recommend. "I've always been so gullible, believing whatever people are telling me about cleaning products," she began in her video. "You need ammonia to clean mirrors, you need a counter spray to disinfect, you need to mop with this soap, or wash your clothes with that soap. "But as I learned over time, you can't believe everything you hear on TV or see on TikTok." Read More Cleaning HacksCLEAN MACHINE I’m a cleaning whizz -the trick to banishing mould from your washing machineMAGIC WORKER I'm a cleaning pro –...
    (CNN) — A baby formula maker under investigation by federal agencies for reports of consumer complaints and infant illness will consider distributing some of its products on a case-by-case basis, according to a statement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are currently looking into Abbott Nutrition’s powdered infant formula products. Abbott has recalled and held back Similac, Alimentum and EleCare products produced at its facility in Sturgis, Michigan, while enhanced safety testing is conducted. READ MORE: Major Road Repair Projects To Begin This Week Across MichiganThe formula recalls have exacerbated product shortages due to supply chain issues. As enhanced testing will take time, the FDA said it “has no objection” for Abbott to immediately release products to “individuals needing urgent, life-sustaining supplies” of certain specialty and metabolic formulas on a case-by-case basis. “The FDA is concerned that the risk of not having certain specialty and metabolic products available could significantly worsen underlying medical conditions and in some cases pose life-threatening risks for infants and individuals who rely on these...
    (CNN)A baby formula maker under investigation by federal agencies for reports of consumer complaints and infant illness will consider distributing some of its products on a case-by-case basis, according to a statement from the US Food and Drug Administration.The FDA and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are currently looking into Abbott Nutrition's powdered infant formula products. Abbott has recalled and held back Similac, Alimentum and EleCare products produced at its facility in Sturgis, Michigan, while enhanced safety testing is conducted. The formula recalls have exacerbated product shortages due to supply chain issues. Whistleblower alerted FDA to alleged safety lapses at baby formula plant months before recalls, complaint showsAs enhanced testing will take time, the FDA said it "has no objection" for Abbott to immediately release products to "individuals needing urgent, life-sustaining supplies" of certain specialty and metabolic formulas on a case-by-case basis."The FDA is concerned that the risk of not having certain specialty and metabolic products available could significantly worsen underlying medical conditions and in some cases pose life-threatening risks for infants and individuals who rely on...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A nationwide baby formula shortage appears to have no end in sight, leaving some parents on a desperate search - especially if the baby can only take certain formulas.A Chicago area mom who manages an oncology practice said that even with her knowledge of the medical field, she's facing a crisis and worries for families with limited resources.Colleen Hafencher is the mother of a 5-month-old baby boy named Graham. Like so many who depend on baby formula, the Hafencher family is now struggling with a shortage that seems to be getting worse."I pride myself on being resourceful, as I know all mothers do," Hafencher said.Hafencher said she only has a two-week supply after scouring stores and online."I started to look online at various retailers," Hafencher said. "I cannot find it anywhere. That's when I started to get concerned."According to a product tracking firm, about 30% of popular formula brands may be sold out across the country as of this month. The shortage has been exacerbated by a formula recall in February with continued supply chain issues."The shortage...
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