Pallets of Nestle Health Science Alfamino Infant and Alfamino Junior formula are unloaded from a US military aircraft at Indianapolis International Airport in Indianapolis, Indiana, US, on Sunday, May 22, 2022.
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FedEx Express has secured a government contract to bring one other shipment of infant formula to the U.S. on Wednesday, NBC News reported.
The Express plane will fly Nestlé baby formula from Ramstein Air Base in Germany to Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C. From there, the formula will probably be transported to a Nestlé facility in Pennsylvania. It’s unclear how much formula the plane will carry.
The move is supposed to handle a critical shortage of baby formula in the US after top formula maker Abbott Laboratories closed a producing plant following reports of bacterial infections in 4 infants.
Abbott said it might take about two weeks to reopen the plant and as much as eight weeks for products to hit the shelves nationwide. That is left a large gap for scores of fogeys across the nation.
In an effort to ease the burden, the Food and Drug Administration is increasing baby formula imports from other countries. Dubbed “Operation Fly Formula,” the primary shipment, carrying 78,000 kilos of specialty infant formula, arrived Sunday.
Empty shelves show a shortage of baby formula at a Goal store in San Antonio, Texas, May 10, 2022.
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President Joe Biden has also invoked the Defense Production Act to extend baby formula manufacturing. His administration is in search of to stock shelves with 1.5 million containers of Nestle specialty infant formula.