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E&C Announces Additional Details on Infant Formula Hearing

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chair Diana DeGette (D-CO) announced additional details today on the hearing the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will hold on Wednesday, May 25, at 11 a.m. (EDT) in the John D. Dingell Room, 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “Formula Safety and Supply: Protecting the Health of America’s Babies.” 

Pallone first announced the hearing on infant formula shortages last week. 

“It is unconscionable that families are struggling to find safe and affordable infant formula,” Pallone and DeGette said. “Our first order of business is an all-hands-on-deck response to ensure America’s babies have the formula they need for their health and nutrition. At next week’s hearing, we will hear directly from the senior Food and Drug Administration officials directly responsible for food safety, as well as executives from Abbott Nutrition, Gerber Products Company, and Reckitt as we work together to ensure this never occurs again.” 

The hearing witnesses will include:

Panel I:

Robert M. Califf, M.D.

Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration

Frank Yiannas

Deputy Commissioner, Food Policy and Response, Food and Drug Administration

Susan Mayne, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Food and Drug Administration

Panel II: 

Christopher J. Calamari

President, US and Canada Nutrition; and Senior Vice President, Abbott

Scott Fitz

Vice President, Technical & Production, Gerber Products Company

Robert Cleveland

Senior Vice President, Nutrition, North America and Europe, Reckitt

This will be a hybrid hearing that includes both in person and remote member attendance via Cisco Webex video conferencing. Members of the public may view the proceedings via live webcast accessible on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s website. Please note the webcast will not be available until the hearing begins.

The Committee strongly recommends that members of the media view the proceedings remotely. The Capitol and House Office Buildings currently have restricted access. Seating in the Committee room for credentialed media is very limited. Media must RSVP to their respective press gallery no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24.

House Radio/TV Gallery:

[email protected]

202-225-5214

House Periodical Gallery:

[email protected]

202-225-2941

House Daily Press Gallery:

[email protected]

202-225-3945

Photographer Gallery:

[email protected]

202-224-6548

Information for this hearing, including the Committee Memorandum, witnesses, testimony, and a live webcast will be posted HERE as they become available.

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