A top Biden administration official accidentally slipped up and revealed that they have known about the coming baby formula shortage dating all the way back to last year – contradicting claims made by Biden that they had no idea.
The top official at the Department of Health and Human Services noted that both his department and the Food and Drug Administration had known about the issue since last year.
When HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra was asked if he was “satisfied” with the government’s response to the issue. The HHS chief affirmed that the administration was moving with urgency and has been since “last year.”
“From everything I’ve known, the FDA has kept me apprised of this from last year,” he responded. “We have been moving as quickly as we can.”
Becerra’s acknowledgement that they knew about this potential issue exposed that the president was lying when claiming ignorance on the matter.
“I’ll answer the baby formula question because, all of a sudden, it’s on the front page of every newspaper,” Biden said in response to one reporter asking about the emergency.
Biden made it sound as if the emergency took them by surprise, as it did parents across the country.
Even the White House’s website says that on February 17, “the largest infant formula manufacturer in the country—Abbott Nutrition—initiated a voluntary recall of several lines of powdered formula.”
The White House offers the claim on the site that the federal government mobilized into action to get baby products onto the market as soon as they became aware it was an issue.
Meanwhile, some reports have claimed that the baby formula shortage had been ongoing since the COVID-19 pandemic due to supply chain issues caused in part by a lack of workers and baby formula plants shutting down for medical reasons.
A company called Datasembly ran an analysis which showed that “supply was ‘relatively stable for the first half of 2021. Then, the out-of-stock rate for baby formula hit 23% in January 2022 and has continued to climb.”
This implies that the shortages began prior to Abbott’s plant closing down in February.
“Inflation, supply chain shortages, and product recalls have brought an unprecedented amount of volatility for baby formula,” Datasembly founder and CEO Ben Reich also said in the report released in April. “We expect to continue to see the baby formula category being dramatically affected by these conditions.”
Either way, the Biden administration has made one thing clear – they were absolutely not prepared for this crisis.
“Joe Biden has now fully proven he is not only America Last but also Family Last,” American Principles Project President Terry Schilling said.
“At nearly every turn, his administration has actively undermined the interests of families. On education, for example, their focus has long been on woke indoctrination rather than real improvement — and when parents complained, the feds outrageously targeted them as ‘domestic terrorists,’” Schilling claimed.
The president of the pro-family think tank added that Biden’s failed response to the crisis is a hallmark of the left.
“So it should come as no surprise that Biden and Democrats failed to take seriously the risk of a baby formula shortage,” Schilling said.
“Perhaps they were too focused on preserving the legality of killing unborn babies to give the looming crisis their full attention,” he pondered.
“But they can be assured American parents have been paying attention, and there will most certainly be consequences when those parents hit the polls later this year,” Schilling said in reference to the upcoming midterm elections, which polls indicate will be a bloodbath for Democrats.