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Photos show border detention center holding baby formula amid shortage

As U.S. families grapple with a shortage of baby formula across the country, a Florida Republican lawmaker has posted photos of dozens of boxes of the coveted baby formula at an immigrant processing plant near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Rep. Kat Cammack shared images of baby formula “trays” at the Ursula Immigration Processing Center in McAllen, Texas, on Wednesday on her Twitter and Facebook pages.

“First photo was taken this morning at the Ursula processing center at the US border. Shelves and trays filled with baby formula,” she tweeted. “The second is on the shelf at home. The recipe is scarce. This is what America ended up looking like.”

On Thursday, Cammack’s office shared with The Washington Post several additional images allegedly from the same location.

The Post could not immediately independently verify the location of the images, nor could it obtain further information on shipping history and frequency and recipe distribution.

The images show dozens of boxes of various baby formula brands, including Nido and Advantage.

Nido infant formula boxes at the Ursula Immigrant Processing Center in McAllen, Texas.
Office of Congresswoman Kate Carmack
A formula box labeled “Do Not Take” at the McAllen Center in Texas.
Office of Congresswoman Kate Carmack

In one of the images, the formula appeared to arrive after it had been shipped to the factory and was marked with a “Do Not Take” sign.

The picture of the recipe on the shelf does not bear such a logo.

Carmack was reportedly sent by a Border Patrol agent who had been in her post for “30 years,” she said in a video posted to Facebook.

Rep. Carmack compared immigrant formula inventories to the empty shelves many Americans encounter in stores amid shortages.
Carmack likened immigrant formula inventories to the empty shelves many Americans encounter in stores amid shortages.
Office of Congresswoman Kate Carmack
The congresswoman claimed the images were from a Border Patrol agent.
Carmack claimed the images were from Border Patrol agents.
U.S. Customs and Border / MEGA

According to Cammack’s office, the agent did not provide any details about the frequency of shipments, but did note that those pictured were “only a fraction” of what was received Wednesday morning.

The images of infant formula come as Americans face a nationwide shortage caused by a recall in February.

US News.

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