Parents and politicians alike are slamming President Biden for his failure to address the US’ ongoing baby formula shortage – with one distressed dad saying ‘never did I think I would have a problem finding food for my baby in America.’
The backlash against Biden comes as the formula shortage has reached crisis levels in recent weeks, with at least 12 states facing 40 percent or higher out-of-stock rates.
As shelves across the country meant to carry formula remain largely barren, parents such as Russell Bleck, a husband, and father in Lexington, Kentucky, have become desperate to get their hands on the all-important product.
Speaking to Fox News Digital Friday, Bleck – whose wife, Bre, gave birth to the pair’s second child, Asher, six weeks ago – said he finds the shortage ‘very stressful,’ and pleaded for both the government and media to better address the crisis.
Bleck continued: ‘I saw a friend of ours make a Facebook post [about] not being able to find her brand. She recently had a double mastectomy, so milk production wasn’t an option.’
Bleck then detailed his own difficulties in finding formula for his infant son over the past several weeks, unable to find any brand of the product at a local store.
‘We were on our last can, so I ran up to the store at 11 pm right before they closed. They were completely out of every brand of formula. I couldn’t even switch brands.’
Bleck told the outlet that as a father, he had ‘never even thought’ such a scarcity of baby formula was possible – but has since been confronted with the cold reality of the crisis, which worsened in February after a recall related to the death of an infant saw several top brands stripped from store shelves.
JustTheNews.com also reported the crisis with one Twitter user commenting that the “FDA Ignored October Warning Of Baby-formula crisis”.