The Biden administration revealed on Wednesday that it is supporting the logistical import of over 16 million 8-ounce bottles of infant formula from Mexico.
Washington, D.C. The Biden administration announced on Wednesday that, as part of its efforts to alleviate nationwide supply shortages brought on by the closure of the largest U.S. manufacturing plant, it is offering logistical support for the import of approximately 16 million 8-ounce baby formula bottles from Mexico beginning this weekend.
According to the White House, around 1 million pounds of Gerber Good Start Gentle infant formula will be transported by trucks hired by the Department of Health and Human Services from a Nestlé facility to American merchants, more than double the amount previously imported. Baby formula has already been imported into the United States via cargo flights from Europe and Australia, including two additional air shipments that start this weekend.
The White House has been seeking to increase supplies after authorities in February closed a Michigan plant operated by Abbott, which is the country’s largest producer of infant formula, due to safety concerns. As a result, the White House has come under criticism from parents over supply shortages. The plant was shut down once more than a week ago after harsh weather caused damage to the facility. The plant reopened on June 4 after the firm agreed to enhanced cleaning and safety practices.
After intense thunderstorms and torrential rains stormed through southern Michigan on June 13, the company claimed it needs time to analyze the damage and re-sanitize the factory.
Biden authorized the use of the Defense Production Act to provide federal support to bring infant formula from abroad into the U.S. Last month, the Food and Drug Administration sought to relax federal import requirements to permit the shipment to the U.S. of baby formula.
In addition, the announcement from Wednesday mentions air shipments of 5.5 million 8-ounce bottle equivalents of Bub’s infant formula in two shipments on June 26 and July 5, as well as 1.65 million 8-ounce bottle equivalents of Nestlé NAN Supremepro 2 infant formula from Germany to Texas this weekend.
According to the White House, “Operation Fly Formula” will have resulted in 32 flights and about 19 million 8-ounce bottle equivalents of infant formula entering the United States by June 26.
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