Military flight brings 35,000 kg of infant formula to US amid supply crisis

The White House said 132 pallets of Nestle Health Science Alfamino Infant and Alfamino Junior formulas were to leave Ramstein Air Base in Germany for the United States. Another 114 pallets of Gerber Good Start Extensive HA formula were due to arrive in the coming days. A total of about 1.5 million 8-ounce bottles of the three formulas, which are hypoallergenic for children with cow’s milk protein allergies, are expected to arrive this week.

Indianapolis was chosen because it is a distribution center for Nestlé. The formula will be unloaded into FedEx tractor-trailers and transported to a Nestlé distribution center about a mile away where the company will perform standard quality control before distributing the supplies to hospitals, pharmacies and doctors’ offices, according to an official. administration on site. .

A sign notifies customers of a purchase limit on infant formula amid a nationwide shortage at a grocery store in Detroit, Michigan.

A sign notifies customers of a purchase limit on infant formula amid a nationwide shortage at a grocery store in Detroit, Michigan.Credit:Bloomberg

Nestlé said that over the past few months it has been working “around the clock” to address formula shortages and help meet demand.

“We have significantly increased the amount of our formulas available to consumers by increasing production and accelerating the general availability of products at retailers and online, as well as in hospitals and home health care for the most vulnerable. vulnerable,” the company said in a statement.

“At Nestlé, we are absolutely committed to doing everything we can to provide parents and caregivers with the formula they need so their children can thrive,” he added. “We prioritized these products because they serve an essential medical purpose, as they are intended for children with cow’s milk protein allergies.”

As part of “Operation Fly Formula”, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services are authorized to request the assistance of the Department of Defense to recover infant formula from overseas that meet U.S. health and safety standards, so they can get to store shelves faster, according to the USDA.

Alfaamino is primarily available through hospitals and home health care companies that serve patients at home.

US regulators and manufacturer Abbott Nutrition hope to reopen its Michigan plant next week, but it will take about two months before the product is ready for delivery. The Food and Drug Administration eased infant formula import requirements this week to try to ease the supply shortage, which has left store shelves empty of some brands and some retailers rationing supplies for parents nervous about feeding their children.

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