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US safety, savings rules set stage for baby formula shortage

May. 24, 2022 20:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A massive recall is getting most of the blame for the U.S. baby formula shortage, but experts say the products have long been vulnerable to this type of crisis due to decades-old policies that have allowed a handful of companies to corner the market. Those...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

May. 24, 2022 15:20 PM EDT

Kansas City Star. May 19, 2022. Editorial: Every GOP Missouri and Kansas US representative voted no on baby formula bill — but 1 Wednesday, the U.S. House approved a bill providing $28 million to the Food and Drug Administration “to address the current shortage of...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

May. 24, 2022 15:14 PM EDT

Kansas City Star. May 19, 2022. Editorial: Every GOP Missouri and Kansas US representative voted no on baby formula bill — but 1 Wednesday, the U.S. House approved a bill providing $28 million to the Food and Drug Administration “to address the current shortage of...

Pfizer says 3 COVID shots protect children under 5

May. 23, 2022 19:28 PM EDT

Three doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine offer strong protection for children younger than 5, the company announced Monday, another step toward shots for the littlest kids possibly beginning in early summer. Pfizer plans to submit the findings to U.S. regulators later this week....

What's next for COVID-19 vaccines for youngest US children

May. 23, 2022 14:08 PM EDT

Parents hoping to get their youngest children vaccinated against COVID-19 got some encouraging news Monday. Pfizer said three small doses of its vaccine offers strong protection to youngsters under 5, according to preliminary data. That news comes a month after Moderna said it would...

Some Jif peanut butter products linked to salmonella cases

May. 21, 2022 17:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers should double-check their jars of Jif peanut butter amid a recall, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say. Jif's creamy, crunchy, natural and reduced fat peanut butters have been linked to a salmonella...

FDA head: Baby formula factory could reopen by next week

May. 19, 2022 20:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Food and Drug Administration told lawmakers Thursday that a shuttered baby formula factory could be up and running as soon as next week, though he sidestepped questions about whether his agency should have intervened earlier to address problems at the plant that...

CDC urges Pfizer booster for children ages 5 to 11

May. 19, 2022 19:23 PM EDT

Kids ages 5 to 11 should get a booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, advisers to the U.S. government said Thursday. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention quickly adopted the panel’s recommendation, opening a third COVID-19 shot to healthy elementary-age kids — just...

Biden invokes Defense Production Act for formula shortage

May. 19, 2022 00:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to speed production of infant formula and authorized flights to import supply from overseas, as he faces mounting political pressure over a domestic shortage caused by the safety-related closure of the country's largest...

Biden invokes Defense Production Act for formula shortage

May. 18, 2022 21:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday invoked the Defense Production Act to speed production of infant formula and authorized flights to import supply from overseas, as he faces mounting political pressure over a domestic shortage caused by the safety-related closure of the country's...