The Biden Administration is Shipping Pallets of Baby Formula to the Border

  

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Via:  vic-eldred  •  2 weeks ago  •  64 comments

By:   Katie Pavlich (Townhall)

The Biden Administration is Shipping Pallets of Baby Formula to the Border
American parents across the country are terrified as the supply of baby formula dries up. According to Republican Congresswoman Kat Cammack, illegal immigrants currently in federal detention centers have plenty of

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American parents across the country are terrified as the supply of baby formula dries up.

According to Republican Congresswoman Kat Cammack, illegal immigrants currently in federal detention centers have plenty of baby formula. Pallets of baby formula have been delivered by the Biden Administration as store shelves go bare.

"Biden is sending pallets of baby formula to the border. Meanwhile, store shelves across America are empty and moms are being told they don't know when more is coming in. Welcome to Biden's America where American moms and dads are last," Cammack posted on Facebook. "What is infuriating to me is that this is another example of an America last agenda. Pallets [of baby formula]".

"The American government is sending by the pallet, thousands and thousands of containers of baby formula to the border," she said in a video.

Border Patrol agents have been instructed not to take baby formula home for their own children.


The first photo is from this morning at the Ursula Processing Center at the U.S. border. Shelves and pallets packed with baby formula.
The second is from a shelf right here at home. Formula is scarce.
This is what America last looks like. pic.twitter.com/OO0V99njoy

— Kat Cammack (@Kat_Cammack) May 11, 2022

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During a briefing with reporters on Air Force One Wednesday, incoming White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed the Biden Administration was working on the issue 24/7. But when asked who was handling the crisis, Jean-Pierre laughed and said she didn't know.


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Vic Eldred
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1  seeder  Vic Eldred    2 weeks ago

It's about choices...And Joe Biden has decided that it's America last! 

 
 
 
Hallux
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1.1  Hallux  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    2 weeks ago

You are correct about choices ... especially when they fit a narrative from a 'news' site that proclaims at the bottom of everyone of its articles: "Help Townhall fight back against the lying liberal media who will do anything to preserve their leftist narrative". Or: "Support Townhall's conservative reporting on Joe Biden's radical, leftist, 'America Last' agenda."

Other than the already convinced, Vic, who the hell are you aiming Townhall's wholly partisan diatribes at!

 
 
 
Ronin2
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1.1.1  Ronin2  replied to  Hallux @1.1    2 weeks ago

So no comment on the article. No links to disprove the information is accurate. Just an attack on source and person that posted it.

Great post! Definitely two thumbs up for making your point!

 
 
 
Hallux
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1.1.2  Hallux  replied to  Ronin2 @1.1.1    2 weeks ago

You would do the same were I to seed an article from Daily Kos. As to commenting on the article, I did so below.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.1.3  Tessylo  replied to  Ronin2 @1.1.1    2 weeks ago
"So no comment on the article. No links to disprove the information is accurate. Just an attack on source and person that posted it."

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Sparty On
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1.1.4  Sparty On  replied to  Ronin2 @1.1.1    2 weeks ago

More like 8 thumbs up right now from the usual suspects.

Consider the source and move on ......

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.2  devangelical  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    2 weeks ago

eeeeeeek! the commie lefties are letting all the white babies starve in america. boo hoo hoo... /s

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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1.2.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  devangelical @1.2    2 weeks ago

SCOTUS should delay their abortion ruling until after this shortage is alleviated. 

 
 
 
Ronin2
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1.2.2  Ronin2  replied to  devangelical @1.2    2 weeks ago

So you support Biden's open borders; and ensuring illegals have access to baby formula before US citizens. 

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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1.2.3  Ozzwald  replied to  devangelical @1.2    2 weeks ago

eeeeeeek! the commie lefties are letting all the white babies starve in america. boo hoo hoo... /s

Surely you don't mean all the white CHRISTIAN babies?  The most discriminated upon majority in the world.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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1.2.4  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Ozzwald @1.2.3    2 weeks ago
Surely you don't mean all the white CHRISTIAN babies?  The most discriminated upon majority in the world.

Majority in the world?  Ozz, 60% of the world lives in Asia and 17.5% in Africa, most of those baby's aren't white.  What, maybe 18% are white with Christian ones a subset of those.  

 
 
 
Sparty On
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1.2.5  Sparty On  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @1.2.4    2 weeks ago

Details Wry, details ....

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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1.2.6  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Sparty On @1.2.5    2 weeks ago

Exactly, details suck.

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
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1.3  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    2 weeks ago
It's about choices...And Joe Biden has decided that it's America last! 

How dare Biden and the Democrats worry about children that are already born! This travesty of not focusing on the unborn first shall not stand! /s

[Deleted] But hey, that's the conservative way, force an undocumented immigrant to give birth against her will but once that brown baby is born it can suffer and die of hunger for all they care.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.3.1  JohnRussell  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @1.3    2 weeks ago

I did a web search on Bing for this story, and the first two pages of the search contained nothing but far right sources. This is almost always a dead giveaway of "fake news". 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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1.3.2  Sean Treacy  replied to  JohnRussell @1.3.1    2 weeks ago
, and the first two pages of the search contained nothing but far right sources

You think the shortage of baby formula is fake news? 

Wow. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.3.3  JohnRussell  replied to  Sean Treacy @1.3.2    2 weeks ago

Did you read the seed? 

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
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1.3.4  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  JohnRussell @1.3.1    2 weeks ago

No doubt there has been a long standing policy of sending baby formula to the border centers that have to detain undocumented families and their babies. This is only being used as a right wing cudgel to beat over the heads of the Biden administration because of the recent shortage effecting retailers.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.3.5  Tessylo  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @1.3.4    2 weeks ago

Of course.  Can't be feeding those feral cats and kittens!

 
 
 
Snuffy
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1.3.6  Snuffy  replied to  JohnRussell @1.3.1    2 weeks ago

I didn't realize MSN is a far right source.  Thanks for the tip JR...

By the way,  this was on page one for a google search

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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1.3.7  Ozzwald  replied to  JohnRussell @1.3.3    2 weeks ago
Did you read the seed?

For right wingers, NOT reading the seed makes it easier to comment.  All they need is the title.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.3.8  JohnRussell  replied to  Snuffy @1.3.6    2 weeks ago

from your link

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Washington Examiner

Illegal migrants first to get ‘pallets’ of hard-to-find baby formula

Paul Bedard   -   8h ago
Washington Examiner is a right wing source
 
 
 
Ender
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1.3.9  Ender  replied to  JohnRussell @1.3.8    2 weeks ago

The Washington examiner is nothing but a right wing tabloid.

 
 
 
Snuffy
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1.3.10  Snuffy  replied to  JohnRussell @1.3.8    2 weeks ago

Washington Examiner -  yep.  But for something to be posted to MSN, doesn't that mean a MSN editor has chosen to post the article?

 
 
 
Ender
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1.3.11  Ender  replied to  Snuffy @1.3.10    2 weeks ago

Did you ever read the comments at MSN? They are almost worse than here.

 
 
 
Snuffy
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1.3.12  Snuffy  replied to  Ender @1.3.11    2 weeks ago

The majority of people who comment on news stories at news sites are the extremists rather than the centrists, and the extremists are the worst of the lot when it comes to their commentary.  After all, isn't that why CNN stopped allowing comments on their stories, because it was just getting out of hand.  

I usually don't bother reading the comments from any news site because of the bullshit that gets tossed around by the extremists. 

 
 
 
Ender
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1.3.13  Ender  replied to  Snuffy @1.3.12    2 weeks ago

I look every once in a while to see what people are saying. Usually the same old talking points.

I swear, if extraterrestrials ever looked at us and deciphered the comments all over the web, I think they would decide there is no intelligent life on this planet.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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1.3.14  Ozzwald  replied to  Snuffy @1.3.12    2 weeks ago
The majority of people who comment on news stories at news sites are the extremists rather than the centrists, and the extremists are the worst of the lot when it comes to their commentary.

I have to disagree with that.  The majority of the posters are normal people covering all aspects of the political world.  The majority of the actual comments are made by the few extremists.

 
 
 
Split Personality
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1.3.15  Split Personality  replied to  JohnRussell @1.3.1    2 weeks ago

Good article about the reasons. Bottom line is that most women choose not to breast feed

What’s Behind America’s Shocking Baby-Formula Shortage? - The Atlantic

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2  seeder  Vic Eldred    2 weeks ago

"Joe Biden WILL hold a @whitehouse event on the baby formula shortage.

There will be NO COVERAGE of the event. Press corps will get a read out in a press call after the event."


 
 
 
Texan1211
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2.1  Texan1211  replied to  Vic Eldred @2    2 weeks ago

I wonder how he'll blame Putin or Mega MAGAs for this.

 
 
 
JaneDoe
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3  JaneDoe    2 weeks ago
During a briefing with reporters on Air Force One Wednesday, incoming White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed the Biden Administration  was working on the issue 24/7. But when asked who was handling the crisis, Jean-Pierre laughed and said she didn't know. 

Nothing funny about this at all Jean-Pierre. 

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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3.1  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  JaneDoe @3    2 weeks ago
Jean-Pierre laughed and said she didn't know. 

Sounds like a Hyena Harris action.  When you don't know, just laugh.

 
 
 
JaneDoe
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3.1.1  JaneDoe  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @3.1    2 weeks ago
Sounds like a Hyena Harris action.  When you don't know, just laugh.

Embarrassing. Makes them look like huge fools! 

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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3.1.2  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  JaneDoe @3.1.1    2 weeks ago

Makes them look like huge fools?  That started years ago.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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4  Sean Treacy    2 weeks ago

Pallets of baby formula have been delivered by the Biden Administration as store shelves go bare.

That's insane.  Just a complete dereliction of duty. 

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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5  Just Jim NC TttH    2 weeks ago

Embedded in the article

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Kat Cammack
@Kat_Cammack
The first photo is from this morning at the Ursula Processing Center at the U.S. border. Shelves and pallets packed with baby formula. The second is from a shelf right here at home. Formula is scarce. This is what America last looks like.

256     256

This is the picture embedded in the article supplied in a tweet.

 
 
 
Hallux
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5.1  Hallux  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @5    2 weeks ago

Only the middle shelf in the left hand pic is baby formula by Advantage, baby food that is on recall.. The other 2 shelves, upper and lower, hold GoGo squeeze packs for children 3 years and older. 

But hey, all twisting is fair play. /s

 
 
 
Tessylo
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5.1.1  Tessylo  replied to  Hallux @5.1    2 weeks ago

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Just Jim NC TttH
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5.1.2  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Hallux @5.1    2 weeks ago

I just put it out there. Just said it was embedded in the article. You have a problem with it? Take it up with Katt Cammack, Twitter, and Townhall. Prove it isn't at the border. Annnnnnnnnnnd you can't tell me if needed, they won't be distributing the top and lower shelf. ANNNNND the center shelf IS still full.............................while the store is scantily supplied

 
 
 
Hallux
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5.1.3  Hallux  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @5.1.2    2 weeks ago

I don't believe Katt Cammack is a member here.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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5.1.4  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Hallux @5.1.3    2 weeks ago

You can catch up with her on Twitter...........................jrSmiley_34_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
JaneDoe
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5.1.5  JaneDoe  replied to  Hallux @5.1    2 weeks ago

In all seriousness I’m just curious where you saw that this brand was recalled.

This is the list of recalled formulas that I saw.

Similac Products
Abbott Similac 360 Total Care Infant Formula with Iron 
Abbott Similac Advance
Abbott Similac Advance Step-1
Abbott Similac Advance Step-2 
Abbott Similac Advance Infant Formula with Iron
Abbott Similac Human Milk Fortifier
Abbott Similac Organic
Abbott Similac Organic with A2 Milk Infant Formula with Iron
Abbott Similac Organic with A2 Milk Toddler Drink
Abbott Similac Organic Toddler with A2 Milk Infant Formula with Iron
Abbott Similac Pro-Advance
Abbott Similac Pro-Advance Infant Formula with Iron
Abbott Similac Pro-Sensitive Infant Formula with Iron
Abbott Similac Pro-Total Comfort Infant Formula with Iron
Abbott Similac Sensitive 
Abbott Similac Sensitive Infant Formula with Iron
Abbott Similac Sensitive Lactose Sensitivity
Abbott Similac for Supplementation
Abbott Similac For Spit Up Infant Formula with Iron
Abbott Similac Total Comfort
Abbott Similac Total Comfort Infant Formula with Iron
Abbott Similac EleCare HMO
Abbott Similac EleCare
Abbott EleCare Similac Gold
Abbott EleCare Similac
Abbott Similac PM 60/40 - only lot code 27032K80 (can) / 27032K800 (case)

Alimentum Products
Abbott Infant Formula Powder 
Abbott Similac Alimentum
Abbott Similac Alimentum Allergies & Colic Hypoallergenic Infant Formula 
Abbott Similac Alimentum with 2'-FL HMO
Abbott Similac Alimentum Eye Q Plus
Abbott Similac Alimentum HMO
Abbott Alimentum HMO
Abbott Similac Alimentum infant formula
Abbott Similac Alimentum Infant Formula with Iron
Abbott Similac Alimentum Toddler Drink

EleCare Products
Abbott EleCare 
Abbott EleCare Amino Acid-Based Powder Infant Formula with Iron
Abbott EleCare Infant Formula Unflavoured 
Abbott EleCare Junior Vanilla
Abbott EleCare Jr Similac Vanilla
Abbott EleCare Jr Amino Acid-Based Nutrition Powder Unflavored
Abbott EleCare Jr Amino Acid-Based Nutrition Powder Banana
Abbott EleCare Jr Amino Acid-Based Nutrition Powder Chocolate
Abbott EleCare Similac
Abbott EleCare Similac Gold
Abbott Similac EleCare HMO
Abbott Similac EleCare
EleCare LCP Hypoallergenic

I looked and the only recall on the brand in the picture I could find was from 2019

Parent's Choice Advantage Infant Formula Recall

June 21, 2019: Perrigo Company is issuing a voluntary nationwide recall of 35-ounce (992-gram) containers of Parent's Choice Advantage Infant Formula Milk-Based Powder with Iron . This product, sold exclusively at Walmart, is being recalled because of the potential presence of metal foreign matter in a single lot of the product (C26EVFV). The total number of containers affected by this recall is 23,388. Consumers who may have purchased the product should look for Lot Code C26EVFV with a "use by" date of February 26, 2021, which can be found on the bottom of the package. Any consumers who purchased the product should discontinue use and can visit any Walmart store for a refund.

Could you please share a link that there is a current recall on that product?

 
 
 
Hallux
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5.1.6  Hallux  replied to  JaneDoe @5.1.5    2 weeks ago

Do you see any of those brands you listed on the shelves?

 
 
 
JaneDoe
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5.1.7  JaneDoe  replied to  Hallux @5.1.6    2 weeks ago

In comment 5.1 you said

Only the middle shelf in the left hand pic is baby formula by Advantage, baby food that is on recall.

I simply asked you for a link to that recall because that brand is not on the current FDA list of recalled formula. 

 
 
 
Hallux
Sophomore Principal
5.1.8  Hallux  replied to  JaneDoe @5.1.7    2 weeks ago

From 2022:

Even though the company had a recall for the same  infant formula  back in 2019, the Perrigo Company again recalls it this February, due to the potential presence of heavy metals in the lot with a number  (C26EVFV).   So far, there have been no casualties reported and the company has taken measures to avoid any harm.

 
 
 
JaneDoe
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5.1.9  JaneDoe  replied to  Hallux @5.1.8    2 weeks ago

Thanks for the link. Odd that the lot numbers are the same as the 2019 recall. 

I did see this article that claims there are no recalls on parents choice product.

Is there any Walmart (Parent’s Choice) formula or baby food recall in 2022?  No, there isn’t any recall on Parent’s Choice Formula in 2022. However, Walmart removed Parent’s Choice Baby Wipes from store shelves over quality issues.

See more at:

 
 
 
Nerm_L
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6  Nerm_L    2 weeks ago

Isn't this an inherent problem with central planning?  It doesn't matter if central planning is done by public institutions or private institutions.  

 
 
 
Hallux
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6.1  Hallux  replied to  Nerm_L @6    2 weeks ago

No, this is a problem with unhealthy organic or inorganic substances in the food. Have you never encountered recalls throughout the food chain? 

 
 
 
Tessylo
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6.1.1  Tessylo  replied to  Hallux @6.1    2 weeks ago

Of course not.  This must be President Biden's fault.  

 
 
 
Nerm_L
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6.1.2  Nerm_L  replied to  Hallux @6.1    2 weeks ago
No, this is a problem with unhealthy organic or inorganic substances in the food. Have you never encountered recalls throughout the food chain? 

The shortage of baby formula is entirely the fault of private institutions.  The government does not produce and distribute baby formula.

Central planning by those private institutions was motivated by factors other than supplying the marketplace.  The risk of empty shelves was not a priority for those private institutions.  The quality of the product was not a priority for central planning in those private institutions.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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6.1.3  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Tessylo @6.1.1    2 weeks ago
This must be President Biden's fault.  

No, it's Abbott and the FDA's fault.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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6.1.4  Tessylo  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @6.1.3    2 weeks ago

Greg Abbott in Texas?

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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6.1.5  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Tessylo @6.1.4    2 weeks ago
Greg Abbott in Texas?

Abbott Nutrition manufactures Similac and some other brands of baby formulas.  They have about 40% of the US market and had a big recall and temporarily shut a plant down leading to this shortage.    

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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6.1.6  Right Down the Center  replied to  Tessylo @6.1.1    2 weeks ago
This must be President Biden's fault. 

Might not be his fault but it has been a problem for a while and maybe he could help fix it now that all the pronoun issues are behind him.  Maybe he can ask Donald for the warp speed process he used.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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6.1.7  Tessylo  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @6.1.5    2 weeks ago

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Tessylo
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6.1.8  Tessylo  replied to  Right Down the Center @6.1.6    2 weeks ago

yea, yea, yea

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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6.1.9  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @6.1.5    2 weeks ago

So far a long three month shut down...............thanks to the FDA

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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6.1.10  Right Down the Center  replied to  Tessylo @6.1.8    2 weeks ago

I agree.

 
 
 
mocowgirl
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7  mocowgirl    2 weeks ago

I looked for info for when baby formula should be back in stock.

Abbott, maker of baby formula, could take up to 10 weeks to get product back in stores from affected facility (nbcnews.com) As much as  43 percent  of normal supplies of formula were out of stock in U.S. grocery stores in the first week of May, according to data from retail research group Datasembly. The shortage has led to calls for Washington to act. In a statement Tuesday, the FDA said it was expediting import documentation from product overseas to get formula in more swiftly, and was also granting case-by-case waivers to allow the sale of "life-sustaining supplies" of specialty and metabolic formulas.
 
 
 
Ender
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7.1  Ender  replied to  mocowgirl @7    2 weeks ago

None of this makes sense to me. I find it hard to believe the US relies on one manufacturer of this product.

 
 
 
mocowgirl
Professor Quiet
7.1.1  mocowgirl  replied to  Ender @7.1    2 weeks ago
None of this makes sense to me. I find it hard to believe the US relies on one manufacturer of this product.

It doesn't surprise.  Most companies in the US are owned by a handful of conglomerates.  It just goes unnoticed until there is an issue in the supply chain.

However, a lot of the issues with out of stocks could be because of widespread theft as I noted in my comments below.  The thieves may be stealing baby formula faster than it can be manufactured.

Last year, I noticed the woman, in front of me, buying a large amount of baby formula.  I almost asked her if there was a sale on baby formula since that was all she was buying.  She paid with a WIC voucher.  I wouldn't have known, but the cashier had a problem with processing it.  Maybe because of the amount.  I never really thought about it until I read about the black market for baby formula.

Hopefully, she really was stocking up for months for a baby instead of turning her WIC voucher into cash.

 
 
 
mocowgirl
Professor Quiet
8  mocowgirl    2 weeks ago

I wonder how much theft is adding to the shortages.

Baby formula is getting harder to find - CNN

One of the most stolen items from stores

With infant formula, the issue of shortages in stores is complicated by the fact that it is also one of the most commonly stolen products in retail.
A 2020 survey of 61 retailers from the National Retail Federation — the industry's largest trade group — showed that organized retail theft has jumped nearly 60% from 2015 and costs stores an average of $719,548 per $1 billion dollars in sales.
Organized retail crime involves a "gang" of people who steal entire shelves of products such as cosmetics, baby formula or trendy jeans — not for their own personal consumption — but to resell them for a profit.
Among the most stolen items from stores are designer clothes, laundry detergent, razors, deodorant and infant formula. Baby formula accounts for 13% of the most stolen items from stores, according to the NRF 2020   Organized Retail Crime survey . With formula, theft can be triggered both by personal need, the inability to pay for it as well as for resale.
In August, a couple in Shelby County, Alabama pled guilty to selling more than   $300,000 worth of stolen baby formula   online.
"Infant formula has become a top item for thieves because it is easy to quickly resell. Increasingly, we are seeing infant formula resold online," said Jason Brewer, spokesman for the trade group Retail Industry Leaders Association. "[Theft] is certainly a factor [contributing to shortages] given the rise in theft that retailers have been experiencing."
 
 
 
mocowgirl
Professor Quiet
8.1  mocowgirl  replied to  mocowgirl @8    2 weeks ago

Theft has been an ongoing issue for years.  Found this by googling "black market baby formula).  I had read about this on a news site a few months ago.

From 2014.

Stolen Baby Formula Is Booming on the Black Market (businessinsider.com)

Than Nguyen, a suburban housewife, is one of the latest suspects accused of peddling a surprisingly lucrative white powder on the black market. The 46-year-old faces theft and trafficking charges after  allegedly running  a stolen baby formula ring out of her home in Mill Creek, Washington, about 20 miles from downtown Seattle.

With individual cans going for as much as $10 on the black market, drug addicts and other low-level thieves stalk the aisles of Walmarts and other retail chains looking to swipe Enfamil or Similac, which can sell for as much as $100 in stores. In the last month alone, baby formula bandits have cropped up in California, Michigan, Texas and New Jersey. 

Some of the more enterprising crooks go to great, and even comic, lengths to turn a tidy profit. One brazen mother-daughter team in Michigan last month allegedly  filled garbage cans  with baby formula inside the stores they targeted, stealing up to 30 cans at a time. In July, two men  dressed in women’s clothing  were busted at a Rite Aid in Glendale, California, after trying to walk out with their purses full of formula. 

From the street level, the stolen goods work their way up the food chain of organized crime. Boosted formula is sold to mid-level fences like Nguyen, who in turn find a regional buyer to purchase thousands of cans at a time. Those buyers can then repackage the formula and ship it overseas or to out-of-state wholesalers. These  sophisticated, multimillion-dollar criminal enterprises can span states and even countries.

In July, a Florida sting dubbed “ Operation Got Milk ” netted at least 23 arrests and toppled a $2 million baby formula syndicate led by a middle-aged woman. Authorities in Oregon  stopped  a similar scheme in 2010 when they arrested a couple that had traveled up and down the West Coast stealing $2.5 million in baby formula. In recent years, raids in California, Texas and Arizona have disbanded other lucrative rings.

While the size of Nguyen’s enterprise paled by comparison, it was no less cunning. According to police, she employed multiple bands of thieves (one was 62 years old) to swipe formula from area supermarkets.

Driving a black Lexus, she would meet them in parking lots late at night and pay $9 per stolen can, always in cash. Working out of her upscale, four-bedroom house, she would then allegedly pack and ship the stolen goods off to Vietnam, California and New York.  

 
 

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