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Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Due to shortage, the United States will buy formula milk from Mexico

The US government announced on Wednesday that it will provide logistical support for imports of about 16 million bottles of formula milk from Mexico beginning next weekend due to shortages caused by factory closures of the largest product in the United States. Joined.

The White House said trucks contracted by the Department of Health will deliver 1 million pounds (450,000 kg) of Gerber Good Start Gentle Formula from the Nestle plant to US retailers. This would be almost double the amount the United States has imported so far. Cargo planes have flown formula milk to and from Europe and Australia, with two series of airfreights starting over the weekend.

In February, regulatory authorities closed a plant in Michigan of Abbott Laboratories, the country’s largest manufacturer of formula milk, for health reasons. The plant reopened on 4 June adopting new health and safety protocols, but closed again more than a week ago due to damage from bad weather.

The company says it needs time to assess the damage and get the factory back on track after a typhoon and heavy rain hit southwestern Michigan on June 13.

Last month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) relaxed import rules to allow shipments of formula milk to the United States, and President Joe Biden called for implementation of the Production Defense Act to provide federal aid for imports. authorized.

Wednesday’s announcement includes airlifting the equivalent of 1.65 million 8-ounce (225-gram) bottles of Nestle Nan SupremePro 2 Formula to Texas over the weekend and 5.5 million bottles of Babs Formula on June 26 and July 5.

The White House says it will have imported the equivalent of 19 million baby bottles on 32 flights by June 26.

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