Washington University economist Ian Fillmore sent to me the following e-mail, which I share here in full with his kind permission:
I’m not sure if the FDA spokesperson meant to be this honest in responding to the infant formula shortage:
“Our first and foremost priority is ensuring that any recalled product remains off the market and we are working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and manufacturers to ensure that parents have access to alternative, safe infant formula,” the FDA said in a statement to Fox News Digital on Tuesday.
Rephrasing that only slightly, “While we are working to ensure parents have access to infant formula, our first and foremost priority is ensuring that any recalled product remains off the market.” Exactly. The FDA does not exist to get products on the market. It exists to keep products off the market. They have no idea how to get a product to market; that’s just not what they do.