Urgent call for the USDA to allow Lipistart, a medicinal formula, to be imported into the U.S. for children with genetic metabolic disorders.
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Our two year old son, along with many other children has a genetic metabolic disorder that requires a specific type of nutrition to stay healthy and alive. Until just a few years ago, when genetic newborn screening was not available such children would often die in their sleep shortly after birth because no one knew they were sick and needed specialized and regimented nutrition. Recently, as parents of these children, we found out that Lipistart, the formula our son uses is being barred from being imported into the U.S. by the USDA. Until July 2013, the company Vitaflo USA was able to import this product from the UK without a permit required for importing products containing milk. Now the USDA is requiring Vitaflo to have this permit but they are not granting the permit to the company. The supplies of Lipistart have dried up and only now we have found out that our children will not be able to receive their medicine/food. Just yesterday I found out that one child could not take the substitute formula and as a result had to have surgery to put a feeding tube into his stomach to pump his nutrition into him. When such children cannot have their formula, they have glucose crash, they end up in the hospital with an IV, often they have organ damage in the form of liver damage, kidney failure, cardiomyopathy, blindness, and brain damage. Many children have to take Lipistart because their little bodies cannot tolerate any other formula or breastmilk. We cannot sit silently while the bureaucracy destroys our children's lives. We need your help to get our voices heard loud and clear so that the USDA can see this problem from a very real and different perspective. Please sign this petition to ask USDA to immediately import this formula for all the children who need it NOW!
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