Whitmer coordinates statewide response to infant formula shortage

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2022
Contact: Press@Michigan.gov

Governor Whitmer coordinates statewide response to infant formula shortage

Various State Departments and Attorney General Take Steps to Support Parents and Tackle Shortage Head-On as Governor Calls on Abbott Leadership to Offer Resources to the State to Fix Supply Chain

LANSING, Michigan- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that the State of Michigan is taking action to address the national infant formula shortage. The governor brought together the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), including the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program ), and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel to ensure parents who need formula milk get the resources and support they need to provide for their babies.

“Today I spoke with Abbott management and offered support to help get production back on track,” said Governor Whitmer. “I will do everything I can as governor to boost the production of infant formula, getting it from factories to store shelves and into homes. I know how anxious parents must be feeling right now, and it’s crucial that they are confident that a product is safe for their babies. I urge federal leaders to use every tool at their disposal to boost formula production. We’re tackling the shortage in Michigan head-on and working with our federal and private sector partners to sort out supply logistics and make sure every baby has what they need.

“Additionally, at the state level, I’ve taken steps to cut costs and put money in people’s pockets. We sent automatic reimbursement checks for $400 per vehicle to every Michigan driver and I offered to triple the earned income tax credit in my budget to provide a $3,000 tax refund to more of 730,000 Michiganders, directly benefiting half of Michigan’s children. Governor Whitmer added. “I will continue to focus on lowering the cost of essentials like formula, groceries and gas for families by putting more money in their pockets and working with anyone to meet challenges. of the supply chain that affect Michiganders.”

MINISTRY OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

The Ministry of the Attorney General’s consumer protection team is committed to identifying and investigating all cases of price gouging related to the shortage.

“Although we have not seen a significant influx of complaints so far, my team will remain vigilant to ensure that this shortage is not compounded by illegal business practices that will only inflict further damage. to parents of infants right now,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel mentioned. “If you suspect instances of price gouging, please report it to our office so we can take appropriate action.”

Complaints can be filed online through the Ministry of the Attorney General.

MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

The MDHHS has released new guidance to help parents navigate dos and don’ts as supply chain challenges and reminders have resulted in limited supply across the country.

BACK : The Ministry recommends that families To do consider trying a different brand of formula, as most regular formulas are similar enough that most healthy babies can change without issue. It is important that babies are given a suitable substitute if their usual formula is not available. All standard infant formulas for healthy babies meet the same high FDA standards for quality and nutrition.

NOT TO DO : The Ministry recommends that families don’t feeding their babies homemade formula or formula milks to stretch them, as these are unsafe practices.

If you have any concerns about infant formula, contact your healthcare provider or the FDA at 1-888-INFO-FDA (1-888-463-6332), or file a report online at MedWatch. Contact your child’s healthcare provider if you are unable to access the formula your child needs.

Learn more about infant formula safety information by clicking on the following link:

https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/infant-formula-safety-dos-and-donts.

WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN PROGRAM

In response to Abbott’s recall, Michigan has temporarily expanded access to WIC-eligible alternative plan options to ensure families can use their benefits on readily available plans. Approximately 85% of formula-fed WIC participants are affected. The most up-to-date information on WIC’s response to the formula recall is available at michigan.gov/WIC.

Michigan notified customers with food packaging containing potentially recalled formulas and directed them to step-by-step instructions on what to do for previously used benefits, unused benefits and special formulas.

Michigan WIC staff are available to guide WIC customers to stores where a certain formula was recently purchased. Some families may need to consider a formula change to an available formula, and in these cases, families are recommended to speak with their health care provider or the WIC Clinic for the best options.

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

The US Department of Health and Human Services has created a website to ensure that Americans have accurate and up-to-date information on infant formula. Learn more about the federal response by clicking here: https://www.hhs.gov/formula/index.html

Infant Formula Manufacturer Hotlines

MyGerber Baby Expert: call 1-800-284-9488

Abbott Consumer Helpline: Call 1-800-986-8540

Reckitt Customer Service: Call 1-800 BABY-123 (222-9123)

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