President Joe Biden invoked the Defense Production Act on Wednesday amid concerns over the baby formula shortage.

The nationwide shortage was caused by the closure of a Michigan production plant, according to CNBC. When signed, the act “gives the president broad authority to require companies to prioritize the manufacture and allocation of goods in response to a crisis.”

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Who does the shortage impact?

  • The shortage has affected millions of Americans so far, according to The Hill.
  • One in five babies depend on baby formula in their first two days after being born, The Hill reported.
  • Even six months after being born “about 25 percent of babies are exclusively breastfeeding,” The Hill’s report read.

How will the Defense Production Act help?

  • Biden’s move gives priority to the makers of baby formula in providing what they need to boost production, according to CNBC.
  • The FDA is also increasing imports for baby formula.
  • The move by Biden also has its critics.
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According to CNBC, the shortage has affected U.S. parents since back in February when Abbott Nutrition’s Michigan plant was shuttered over concerns over bacterial contamination.

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