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Shortage of infant formula: how the government could be partly responsible


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Attendees of the All-Star “Special Report” panel took a closer look Thursday at the roots of the national infant formula shortage and what the Biden administration could do to combat the growing crisis.

JASON RILEY: There are still things they can do but are reluctant to do. One is to settle the tariff issue. First, government policy is what allowed Abbott to control 40% of the infant formula market. It was these monopolistic arrangements they had with the states that allowed them to be the sole provider of formula for low income recipients.income recipients from infant formula. It was an established government policy that could have been corrected.

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But here we are. And what could we do? One thing we could do is increase overseas production and import from places where you don’t need to import from China and places like that or India. You can import from Canada, which has very good safety standards. Why don’t we do this? Because there are tariffs in place, Bret, there–and okay, they were put in place by the previous administration. But Biden could not raise these tariffs and that would solve the problem. And he does not want to, or at least at this moment, to do so. But that would be the most direct way to approach the problem.

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