USDA Extends Food Program Waivers for Baby Formula

Secretary says families need the flexibility to access formula.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced this week that the expiration dates are being extended for baby formula waivers issued to families in their Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) food program. The waivers were set to expire on September 30, but the U.S. infant formula industry has still not quite recovered from a formula plant shutdown earlier this year. The formula waivers are now set to expire on December 31.

“USDA recognizes the flexibilities provided by these waivers remain necessary as we continue to pull every lever to address infant formula supply issues and provide certainty for families,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “We will continue to work all hands on deck to ensure families can access infant formula.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Vilsack to be discerning as he oversees the USDA’s efforts to support families as the shortage of baby formula lingers.
  • For FDA officials as they seek to ensure the safety of food and food manufacturing.
  • For the parents and guardians of infants in the U.S. who have experienced the challenge and stress of finding alternatives to their usual nutrition options.

Sources: Department of Agriculture, Reuters


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