Under pressure from parents and politicians, President Joe Biden's administration yesterday announced steps to alleviate a nationwide shortage of infant formula, including the reopening of the largest local manufacturing plant and increasing imports from abroad, the Associated Press and BTA reported.

The Food and Drug Administration said it would streamline its evaluation process to make it easier to start deliveries from foreign manufacturers.

"We hope that this call to the world market will be answered, that international businesses will meet the challenge and help us increase the supply of these products," said Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Robert Calif.

He added that the United States will prioritize companies that can provide the largest supplies and quickly provide documentation that their formulas are safe and meet US food standards.

The United States is struggling with an acute shortage of infant formula

The announcement of the increase in imports came shortly after regulators said they had struck a deal that would allow Abbott Nutrition to resume operations at its Michigan plant, which has been closed since February due to pollution problems.

The company needs to revise its safety procedures before resuming production.

These steps are not expected to have an immediate effect on the shortage, which has forced many parents to seek formula for their babies online or in food banks.