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The White House is discussing whether to use the Defense Production Act to address the baby formula shortage, press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed.
But asked for a timeline to resolving the nationwide shortage, Psaki said the White House could not offer a specific timeframe.
During her final press conference at the White House, Psaki fielded a series of questions about the ongoing U.S. supply chain troubles. Most notably, the country has reached a critical need for more baby formula after a recall wiped out huge amounts of stock in U.S. stores.
White House press secretary Jennifer Psaki speaks during her last daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, May 13, 2022. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
“This is a really important question, but it’s hard for us to answer from here,” Psaki said. She said no decision has been made on the Defense Production Act, a law where the government can compel a private company to produce a particular product.
Psaki stated the shortages being felt across the country are regional issues that will require different solutions.
“Sometimes the issue at