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House Passes FDA Baby Formula Bill, But Senate Fate Is Uncertain

May 19, 2022, 2:02 AM

The House passed a $28 million emergency funding bill for the Food and Drug Administration to address the shortage of infant formula in the US and provide tighter oversight of the industry.

The legislation was approved Wednesday night on a 231 to 192 vote.

Democrats argued that increasing funding for inspections would help bolster supplies by expediting sourcing of formula from new domestic and international suppliers, which must be FDA-approved.

A sign in front of empty shelves notifies customers that they are allowed only one container of baby formula at a store in Provo, Utah, on May 17.
Photographer: George Frey/Bloomberg

The House vote occurred hours after President Joe Biden invoked emergency powers under the Defense Production Act to step up production of baby formula, while ordering the use of ...