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Nestlé sends baby formula to the United States from Europe

LONDON — Nestlé SA is airlifting infant formula to the United States from the Netherlands and Switzerland to alleviate shortages in American supermarkets, the company said on Tuesday.

Nestlé is moving Gerber formula from the Netherlands to the United States and Alfamino formula from Switzerland to the United States, it said in a statement emailed to Reuters.

“We prioritized these products because they serve an essential medical purpose, as they are intended for babies with cow’s milk protein allergy,” the company said. “Both products were already imported, but we moved shipments and rushed by air to help meet immediate needs.”

Baby formula aisles in US supermarkets have been emptied by panicked parents since major US manufacturer Abbott Laboratories recalled dozens of types of its Similac, Alimentum and EleCare formulas in February.

Reckitt Benckiser is increasing production of infant formula by about 30% and making more frequent deliveries to stores to counter a nationwide shortage in U.S. supermarkets, an official told Reuters on Tuesday.

Nestlé plans to move the formula from the Netherlands and Switzerland to the United States.

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