Gov. Mike DeWine and 18 other Republican governors sent President Joe Biden a letter calling on the administration to increase access to infant formula across the country.
The letter urges the Biden administration to take various steps to make infant formula cheaper and more available. The letter tells Biden to reduce tariffs, import quotas and other trade barriers that prevent infant formula from entering the country. Additionally, the letter urges the FDA to update its labeling standards for infant formula from outside the country.
The governors want to allow the import of infant formula from countries with food safety standards equal to or better than those of the United States.
“We agree that importing should be an immediate priority to restock empty shelves, but until domestic U.S. suppliers return to full production capacity, your administration must ensure the rapid import of foreign formulas from partners. trusted trading partners such as the European Union, Canada, Mexico. , and others,” the letter reads.
The letter also sets out some long-term goals. It calls on the country to improve its domestic infant formula supply chain and urges independent and transparent reviews/recommendations on how to avoid future issues when infant formula used by the Supplementary Nutrition Program for Women , infants and children (WIC) are recalled.
The letter says the stock-out rate for infant formula is 40% nationwide and can be as high as 50% in some states.
Along with DeWine, the other Republican governors who signed the letter are Bill Lee of Tennessee, Doug Ducey of Arizona, Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, Ron DeSantis of Florida, Brian Kemp of Georgia, Brad Little of Idaho, Kim Reynolds of Iowa, Larry Hogan of Maryland, Tate Reeves of Mississippi, Greg Gianforte of Montana, Pete Ricketts of Nebraska, Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, Doug Burgum of North Dakota, Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma, Henry McMaster of Carolina from the South, Greg Abbott from Texas, Spencer Cox from Utah and Mark Gordon from Wyoming.