A spokesman for the group said on Tuesday that Swiss food company Nestle is flying baby formula from Switzerland and the Netherlands to the United States.
The Swiss conglomerate will specifically import two brands of hypoallergenic milk, as the deficiency has become an additional source of stress for parents of children who are intolerant to cow’s milk protein.
“We prioritized these products because they serve an important medical purpose,” the spokesperson told AFP, confirming a press report.
Two brands have already been imported: Gerber Good Start Extensive HA milk from the Netherlands, and Alfamino milk from Switzerland.
Faced with shortages, Nestle decided to airlift the milk “to help meet immediate needs”, said the group, which has two factories in the United States that produce infant formula.
Initially due to supply chain problems and a shortage of workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, formula shortages worsened in February when an Abbott factory in Michigan closed after a recall of products suspected of the deaths of two children.
The US Food and Drug Administration issued milk but a “483” form alleging irregularities at the plant, Abbott said Friday, adding that it “immediately” began implementing corrective measures.
On Monday, Abbott reached an agreement with US officials to resume production at the plant.
The White House is in constant contact with the four major manufacturers – Nestlé, Reckitt, Abbott and Perigo – to identify transportation, logistics and supplier barriers to increasing production.