Joe Biden has used the Defense Production Act to help address a serious national shortage of, of all things, baby formula. Suppliers to baby formula manufacturers must fill requests from those firms before those from other clients under the Defense Production Act.
A second portion of the order creates a ludicrous program called “Operation Fly Formula,” which resembles a 1970s sci-fi movie title and permits government agencies to apply for use of DoD planes to transport goods from the US to somewhere within the United States, where something occurs to put them on supermarket shelves.
The questions that must be addressed are a) how did this occur, and b) what, if any, influence will this order have on the situation?
After a severe bacterial infection erupted in four infants after they consumed baby formula produced by an Abbott Laboratories plant in Michigan, the FDA initiated an investigation in February. The agency declared the facility to be contaminated and closed it down. Abbott Laboratories issued a recall for all products manufactured at that site. But there’s one important fact to remember:
In each of the four situations, the state, FDA, or CDC tested samples of the Abbott diet that was consumed by the infant. In all four instances, all unused containers were found to be free of bacteria.
This is not disputed by the FDA, and someone at the agency should be dismissed as a result of what occurred. This type of illogical decision-making gave us the cornavirus shutdown and stay-at-home orders. It will not cease until those in authority feel personal anguish and disgrace for their decisions.