© Reuters. ARCHIVE PHOTO: Empty shelves show a shortage of baby formula at CVS in San Antonio, Texas, USA, May 10, 2022. REUTERS / Kaylee Greenlee Beal / Stock Photo
(Reuters) – The first shipments of infant formula from Europe to address a critical shortage in the United States should begin arriving this weekend, President Joe Biden said on Friday amid criticism of problem management by his administration.
Biden said on Twitter (NYSE 🙂 that the initial flights of military cargo planes under “Operation Fly Formula” meant that “up to 1.5 million bottles of Nestlé safe infant formula will reach the shelves of the United States so as soon as possible “.
A reminder of February 17 by major baby formula makers Abbott Laboratories (NYSE 🙂 during a Food and Drug Administration investigation has created one of the most urgent food shortages in recent history for U.S. families.
Biden this week said he was invoking the Defense Production Act to increase supplies.
“The Secretary of Defense has today ordered the first flights in support of Operation Fly Formula. Due to the urgency of the situation, these flights will include US military aircraft and will depart from Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. of the week, “said White House Communications Director Kate Berner. Twitter.
“Flights will carry 132 Alfamino Infant and Alfamino Junior formula pallets from Nestlé Health Science to Indianapolis, IN. These formulas have been prioritized because they have a critical medical purpose and are scarce in the U.S. due to plant closure,” Berner said. he wrote.
Manufacturer of Aptamil Danone SA (OTC 🙂 has increased shipments of infant formulas from Europe to address shortages in the United States, according to US Customs data and an analysis of ocean cargo data from Ocean Audit shipping consultant for Reuters.