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According to a GOP official, pallets of baby food are being sent to holding facilities at the border amid a shortage that has meant many parents have been unable to find it in their local stores.
“They send pallets, pallets of baby food to the border,” Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Fla., said in a video posted to Facebook on Wednesday. “Meanwhile, in our own district at home, we can no longer find baby food.”
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Cammack posted pictures of empty formula shelves in Florida on social media alongside the pallets of groceries being sent to the border, and said in the video that a concerned border patrol officer sent her the picture.
She said the image came from the Ursula Processing Facility in Texas, where thousands are housed and processed and then released.” The Florida lawmaker said the agent involved told her that she “was looking at the shipment I just brought in would not believe”. “
“He’s been a border guard for 30 years and he’s never seen anything like it. He’s a grandfather and says his own kids can’t get baby food,” she added.
US Customs and Border Protection did not immediately respond to a request from Fox News to confirm the image’s authenticity.
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The story comes as more than 100 house republican called on Biden administration more to do to address the ongoing shortage that has worried parents scurrying from store to store in hopes of finding formula.
“This issue is a matter of life and death, and it is about time this administration dealt with it with the appropriate urgency it deserves,” the GOP lawmakers said in a letter to Biden on Wednesday.
The supply chain disruptions were compounded when Abbott, one of the country’s largest formula makers, was the subject of a major safety recall. According to an analysis by Datasembly, which tracks product data for retailers, baby formula’s out-of-stock rate is currently 43%, up from 30% in early April.
“This problem has been exacerbated by supply chain challenges, product recalls and historic inflation,” Datasembly CEO Ben Reich said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “The category began struggling with stocking challenges from July 2021 and the situation has continued to deteriorate into 2022.”
The White House has said alleviating the lack of formula is “top priority” for President Biden.
“That’s something we’ve been pursuing for sure. Ensuring that infant formula is safe and available to families across the country is a top priority for the White House,” new White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Wednesday.
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Cammack made it clear she doesn’t blame children on the border for the problem, but said it’s “galling to me that this is yet another example of America’s latest agenda that the Biden administration continues to perpetuate.”
“I don’t know about you, but if I’m a mom, anywhere in America, and I go to my local Walmart, or Target, or Publix, or Safeway, or Kroger, or wherever you shop and you see their shelves and you see signs for not being able to get baby food,” she said. “And then you see the American government sending pallets of thousands upon thousands of baby food containers to the border, it would make my blood boil.”
Cammack’s office did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.