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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

First shipment of baby formula en route from Europe to Indiana

US troops at Ramstein Air Base in Germany loaded pallets of baby formula into a military aircraft on Saturday as part of Operation Fly Formula, a mission to address US formula shortages.

The first shipment of 132 pallets, or more than 30 tons, is expected to land in Plainfield, Indiana, on Sunday morning, where it will be transferred to trucks and then to store shelves. More 114 palettes to come in the coming days.

The White House has said that the formula sourced from Switzerland will include three brands: Nestlé Health Science Alfamino Infant, Nestlé Health Science Alfamino Jr. and Gerber Good Start Extensive HA.

All are hypoallergenic for children who are allergic to cow’s milk.

Formula stocks began to dry up after a Nestle plant in Michigan was tied to the deaths of two infants and two infant hospitals were closed by the Food and Drug Administration in February. Federal regulators determined that the plant was not maintaining sanitary conditions, potentially facilitating the spread of bacterial infections affecting children.

Danone SA, a French formula manufacturer, has also stepped up shipments to the US by sea cargo to help bridge the supply gap.

President Joe Biden has also invoked the Defense Production Act to help boost domestic production.

This week, two children with special medical needs were reportedly admitted to a hospital in Tennessee and four children were admitted to a hospital in South Carolina in relation to shortages.

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