FDA Report On US Formula Supply Doesn’t Stop Criticism From Congress, Former Food Policy Chief
On same day agency published strategy for ensuring formula supply, House Oversight Committee subcommittee members made clear they’re not convinced FDA could prevent repeat of 2022 shortage. Recently resigned FDA food policy chief also has doubts.
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