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A shipment of produce arriving in Texas on Thursday

In an effort to address the current infant formula crisis, the US government is transporting approximately 110,000 pounds of infant formula from Germany to Texas for nationwide distribution, the White House has announced.

Nestlé infant formula will arrive in Fort Worth, Texas on Thursday. Nestlé NAN SupremePro Stage 1 infant formula will then be available nationwide through Nestlé and Gerber distribution channels, the Biden administration said.

The shipment is the fifth since the Biden administration launched Operation Fly Formula to get infant formula to U.S. stores as quickly as possible.

Nestlé ships Nestlé NAN SupremePro 1, Nestlé NAN SupremePro 2, Nestlé Health Science Alfamino/Alfamino, Jr., Gerber Good Start Gentle and Gerber Good Start Extensive HA in the United States.

Additional deliveries of Nestlé formulas will be announced in the coming days, the White House said.

Air Force crew members unload formula at Indianapolis International Airport on May 22.
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“We are absolutely committed to doing everything we can to provide parents and caregivers with the formula they need so their children can thrive,” the company said in a statement. “We prioritized these products because they serve an essential medical purpose, as they are intended for children with cow’s milk protein allergies.”

Under Operation Fly Formula, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services are authorized to request assistance from the Department of Defense to recover infant formula from overseas that meets to US health and safety standards, so they can get to store shelves faster, according to the USDA.

A shipment of produce arriving in Texas on Thursday
The next batch of formula is expected to land in Texas on Thursday.
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A shipment of produce arriving in Texas on Thursday
Formula fills a plane en route to Indianapolis.
US Air Force/Staff Sgt. Jacob Wongwai

The infant formula crisis began with the pandemic supply chain shortage, coupled with the closure of an Abbott formula factory in February that produces nearly half of all formula sold in the United States. The factory was closed due to fears of contamination after the death of two babies.

Abbott recalled some of its most popular powder formulas in February, then the company closed its Michigan plant. That facility reopened earlier this month, but even with government airlifts and factory production back online, it could take weeks for formula availability in the United States to return to normal.

“By the end of June, we will be delivering more formula to Americans than in January before the recall,” Abbott CEO Robert Ford said.

With post wires

New York Post

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