The image was taken in 2020 and shows a stockpile of personal protective equipment (PPE) at a warehouse during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Brand names such as 3M, which doesn’t make baby formula, can be seen on boxes in the Facebook post.
USA TODAY reached out to the Facebook user who shared the claim for comment.
The boxes include surgical and protective masks the county stored at a distribution hub before sending them to health care facilities, according to the Flickr description. Capt. Danielle McMillion, the woman in the photo handling supplies, works for the county’s fire department.
The Los Angeles Times also published the image with the caption, “LA County Fire Department lifeguard Danielle McMillon surveys a stockpile of surgical and protective masks in a secret government warehouse and destined for local hospitals.”
But border officials are required by a lawsuit settlement to provide humane treatment – like formula – to migrant children detained at the border processing facility.
First signed in 1997, the Flores settlement agreementsets strict national standards for federal government detention of migrant children. The settlement requires adequate food, access to drinking water and provision of medical assistance and other necessities for children.
Since at least 2015, Customs and Border Protection has acknowledged baby formula as part of its detention standards, according to an agency document, It says food provided by the agency “must be appropriate for at-risk detainees’ age and capabilities – such as formula and baby food.”
Our rating: False
We rate FALSE the claim that an image shows a stockpile of baby formula at the border, based on our research. The image is from 2020 and shows a LA County warehouse full of boxes of PPE.
Our fact-checking sources:
Countywide Communications, accessed May 17, Homepage
Kimberly Clark professional, accessed May 19, Homepage