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Biden invokes Defense Production Act for formula shortage

President Joe Biden
Posted at 5:15 PM, May 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-18 18:15:34-04

WASHINGTON  — President Joe Biden has invoked the Defense Production Act to speed production of infant formula and has authorized flights to import supply from overseas.

He is facing mounting political pressure over a domestic shortage caused by the safety-related closure of the country’s largest formula manufacturing plant.

The Defense Production Act order requires suppliers of formula manufacturers to fulfill those orders before other customers.

Biden is also authorizing the Defense Department to use commercial aircraft to fly overseas formula supplies that meet federal standards to the U.S., in what the White House is calling “Operation Fly Formula.”

Shortly after the announcement, Biden posted a video on Twitter explaining his decision.