Turns Out Donald Trump May Be to Blame for the Baby Formula Shortage in America
The shortage of baby formula in the United States has been attributed to many things. The closure of Abbott Nutrition in Michigan is one reason. The FDA has also recalled a number of batches due to fears of bacterial contamination.
The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, was basically an update to NAFTA. The North American Free Trade Agreement mostly eliminated tariffs and barriers to trade between the three countries in North America.
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But the USMCA created at least one that could be having an impact on baby formula.
So, across Florida, I’m getting texts, I’ve gotten phone calls of parents that are struggling. They’re spending hours as they try to find formula. And some of them can’t find it … You can’t imagine that in the United States of America, parents are worried about feeding their children.
That’s more than ironic, given the GOP stance on assistance programs like WIC and SNAP. But Senator Scott went on to list a bunch of countries that all have plenty of baby formula while contrasting that with the United States. That included Canada.
But Trump’s USMCA made it practically impossible to import formula into the US.
The US did all it could to prevent Canada from developing excess production capacity so we couldn’t compete with them in Asia.
— Gerald Butts (@gmbutts) May 13, 2022
But now, because of that mindset, Americans — and American BABIES — are losing.