Latest U.S. Food and Drug Administration News

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...

Family Dollar closing Arkansas facility where rodents found

May. 18, 2022 18:02 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Family Dollar is closing an Arkansas distribution facility where more than 1,000 rodents were found earlier this year, forcing the recall of items from hundreds of stores, the company said Wednesday. The company said it plans to close the facility in West...

House Dems propose $28 million to address formula shortage

May. 17, 2022 17:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats unveiled a $28 million emergency spending bill Tuesday to address the shortage of infant formula in the United States. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, the Democratic chair of the House Appropriations Committee, said the money would increase Food and Drug...

EXPLAINER: What we know about shuttered baby formula plant

May. 17, 2022 15:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — At the center of the nationwide baby formula shortage is a single factory: Abbott Nutrition's plant that has been closed for more than three months because of contamination problems. On Monday, U.S. officials announced a deal with Abbott that paves the way to...

FDA clears COVID booster shot for healthy kids ages 5 to 11

May. 17, 2022 11:40 AM EDT

U.S. regulators on Tuesday authorized a COVID-19 booster shot for healthy 5- to 11-year-olds, hoping an extra vaccine dose will enhance their protection as infections once again creep upward. Everyone 12 and older already was supposed to get one booster dose for the best protection...

US allows more baby formula imports to fight shortage

May. 16, 2022 20:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under fire from parents and politicians, President Joe Biden’s administration announced steps Monday to ease a nationwide shortage of baby formula, including reopening the largest domestic manufacturing plant and increasing imports from overseas. The Food and...