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Foreign infant formula shipments rise amid US shortages


The White House has announced that more than 20 million baby formula bottles will soon be flown to the United States to help fill a lingering national shortage.

Initially, the equivalent of some 16 million 8-ounce bottles of Gerber formula will be flown from Mexico to Fort Worth, Texas on Friday and distributed to retailers, officials said Wednesday.

Around 5.5 million bottles of Bubs formula were also on their way to Los Angeles from Melbourne, Australia this week and Philadelphia in early July and more than 1.5 million Nestlé bottles were being shipped to Texas from Germany, according to a series of press releases.

As part of President Joe Biden’s “Operation Fly Formula” mission, federal agencies have teamed up to collect shipments of government-approved infant formula from international distributors and return them to the United States for faster placement. on the shelves.

The United States is grappling with an infant formula shortage that began due to supply chain issues during the COVID-19 pandemic and was exacerbated by the closure of the nation’s largest infant formula factory in because of a deadly bacterial alert.

Gerber Good Start Gentle infant formula was one of the products imported from Mexico during Operation Fly Formula.
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Abbott Laboratories closed its Michigan plant in February after the Food and Drug Administration probed whether two childhood bacteria deaths and two other illnesses were linked to the facility.

The factory reopened in early June, but said it would take eight weeks for production of new formulas to hit store shelves.

The FDA announced Wednesday that it is investigating the death in January of another baby who consumed formula from the factory.

The agency hasn’t definitively linked Abbott to any deaths, but its investigation found numerous violations at the plant.


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