First shipment of infant formula arrives from Europe on US military plane
A military cargo plane carrying the first shipment of infant formula from Europe to address a critical shortage in the United States landed in Indianapolis on Sunday.
A recall on February 17 by the largest baby formula maker Abbott Laboratories and the closure of its manufacturing plant in Sturgis, Michigan, created one of the largest infant formula shortages in recent history for American families. President Joe Biden’s administration is looking to stock empty shelves with 1.5 million containers of Nestlé specialty infant formula. Biden last week invoked the Cold War-era Defense Production Act to help boost supplies.
Sunday’s plane is carrying 78,000 pounds (35,380 kg) of specialized infant formula, the White House said. “There’s about enough formula on this plane, specialty medical-grade formula, for about half a million bottles. That’s about 15% of the overall national volume this coming week,” Fox told Sunday. News White House National Economic Council Director Brian Deese.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was there to greet the plane. Abbott, the largest U.S. supplier of powdered infant formula, has closed its Michigan plant following reports of bacterial infections in four infants, worsening a shortage among several manufacturers that began with supply chain issues. pandemic.
Abbott chief executive Robert Ford on Sunday apologized for the formula shortage and promised to fix it, adding that the plant would reopen the first week of June and it would take six to eight weeks for products reach store shelves. “We are sorry for all the families we have abandoned since our voluntary recall exacerbated the shortage of infant formula in our country,” Ford wrote in an opinion column published in The Washington Post.
Ford said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigation did not find links between the Michigan plant’s formula production area and four cases of sick children, but did found evidence of the presence of bacteria.
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