WASHINGTON — President Biden announced latest shipments of baby formula from Europe on Wednesday as he prepared to fulfill with top officials from five baby food corporations amid an ongoing shortage that has left parents desperately looking for ways to feed their infants.
Enough Kendamil formula to make about 4 million bottles can be flown to locations across america through the next three weeks, White House officials said in a press release. The statement said that United Airlines had agreed to move the formula from Heathrow Airport in London freed from charge for purchase by parents at retail stores.
“This primary shipment, which incorporates Kendamil Classic and Kendamil Organic formula, can be available at Goal stores across the country in the approaching weeks,” the statement said.
Baby formula has been in brief supply across america for weeks, the results of a call by the Food and Drug Administration to shut down a plant operated by Abbott, the leading manufacturer of formula in america, due to concern about contamination.
Families that rely upon formula — and particularly those with children who require special dairy-free formulations — have struggled to search out enough to feed their children. Some babies have been sent to the hospital for lack of nutrition.
Two weeks ago, the president responded to severe shortages of baby formula by invoking the Defense Production Act and promising to make use of the military to hurry delivery of baby formula from overseas. Since then, officials said the administration has flown the equivalent of 1.5 million eight-ounce bottles into america.
Wednesday’s announcement is ready to greater than double that quantity, officials said.
The United Airlines flights will include enough baby formula powder to make about 3.2 million eight-ounce-bottle equivalents of Kendamil Classic Stage 1 and 540,000 eight-ounce-bottle equivalents of Kendamil Organic. Officials said the flights will begin on June 9 and can proceed for 3 weeks.
The move comes just days after the F.D.A. relaxed import regulations to permit Kendal Nutricare, the manufacturer of the formula, to import formula into america under the Kendamil brand.