Even Alabama is not immune to the nationwide baby formula shortage.

According to reports, some Alabamians are scouring their neighborhood stores, seeking the precious commodity plagued by a shortage initially triggered by a recall in February.

Nearly three months later, the circumstances that led to that recall remain unknown as the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) continues its investigation.

Meanwhile, the administration of President Joe Biden's actions and perceived inaction have drawn the attention of a group of Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill, led by House Energy and Commerce Committee ranking Republican member U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and 105 of her House colleagues, including Alabama's Reps. Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville), Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) and Gary Palmer (R-Hoover).

In a letter to President Biden and FDA Commissioner Robert Califf, the members criticized the administration for what it deemed to be a "failure" in handling the crisis. The letter also cited grocery price and inventory tracker Datasembly, that reported baby formula shortages were at 23% in January 2022 and are at 31% as of April 2022.

The letter asked a series of questions, including the timeline for reopening Abbott’s Sturgis, Mich. facility, which closed because of the initial February recall, and other details on the FDA's efforts to get supply levels back to normal.

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